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Engage, Innovate, Excel | 2026
Show your gratitude for a colleague

The College of Medicine will host its first Gratitude Day this month, providing faculty, staff and students the opportunity to show gratitude for a colleague. Individuals are invited to pick up a chocolate from their department admin team beginning Oct. 28 and share it with a peer as an expression of appreciation. Snap a photo with the colleague you are grateful for and send to so we can share with the college community!

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Students create emergency department volunteer system during pandemic

Third-year medical student Daniel Valladares and fourth-year medical student Olgert Bardhi from the University of Florida chapter of the COVID-19 Student Service Corps recently spearheaded a new program that enables medical and physician assistant students to assist front-line health care workers in Gainesville emergency departments during this unprecedented pandemic.

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Celebrating PA Week — A Q&A with Dr. Nina Multak

From the emergency room to the operating room, physician assistants are a vital component of many health care teams. Their roles are celebrated during National Physician Assistant Week, which takes place annually from Oct. 6-12.

Change is underway for the profession, which is expecting to undergo a renaming that some say will better reflect the role and responsibilities of PAs — physician associates. Nina Multak, Ph.D., MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA, the associate dean and Randolph B. Mahoney director of the UF School of PA Studies, discussed how this change came about and what it means for the future of PAs.

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UF Campaign for Charities Update
The college is nearing its goal for Campaign for Charities, UF's annual employee giving initiative, which runs through Oct. 15. There is still time to get involved by participating in Penny Wars and Jeans Day. Join your colleagues in supporting charities doing amazing work in the community.
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Alumni Weekend goes virtual
Tune in as UF College of Medicine faculty members Michael Lauzardo, M.D.; Duane Mitchell, M.D., Ph.D.; J. Glenn Morris, M.D.; Ashley Brown, Ph.D.; and Greg Sawyer, Ph.D.; share insights in patient care and research learned from the COVID-19 pandemic during our virtual Alumni Weekend Oct. 8.
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Latino Medical Student Association hosts language workshops to practice Spanish

During Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated annually from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, students and faculty are reflecting on what it means to be Hispanic or Latinx and working in the medical field. As language is one of the defining factors of different cultural groups because it facilitates communication, the Latino Medical Student Association at UF hosts Spanish language workshops as one way to promote equal access to health care for a group that is often marginalized. In the workshops, students who are more fluent in Spanish help others practice phrases and words that might come up when speaking with a patient.

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Shaping the vision for the College of Medicine's future

Phase 1 of the strategic planning process involved gathering feedback, insight and ideas on each of the seven strategic priorities, or pillars, and their accompanying vision statements. The final vision statements reflect the collective input from our UF College of Medicine community. They are aspirational — they are the result of a consultative process with the community and encapsulate a shared vision of where the college is heading and what we need to do to get there. Ideas gathered from the survey, retreats and focus groups will form the foundation for the strategic plan’s initiatives that will move the college toward these vision statements.

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Greater Gator Community connects current and retired faculty

Navigating the world of academia, research and clinical work can be daunting, but a new program from the UF College of Medicine is hoping to streamline this process for faculty through mentorship with some familiar faces. The Greater Gator Community will pair current faculty members with retired faculty to enable the current generation of professors, clinicians and researchers to learn from experts who taught hundreds of lectures, published dozens of papers and treated thousands of patients over the course of their careers. Through the community, retired faculty — called Granite Gators — would be grouped with current faculty interested in specific topics like scientific or clinical lectures, manuscript and grant writing or navigating the peer review process.

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