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Engage, Innovate, Excel | 2026
Strategic plan town hall just one week away

As the UF College of Medicine paves the way forward with a new, comprehensive strategic plan, departments are forming watch events to view the upcoming live town hall. 

Dean Colleen Koch, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., will unveil the details of the college’s 2021-2026 strategic plan at the livestreamed town hall on Dec. 10, from 7-8 a.m.

Medicine colleagues are preparing for the plan’s launch by forming watch events. From neurology and orthopaedics to the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and UF Health Professional Park, the community is excited to hear the details of the plan created with input from everyone at the College of Medicine.

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New chair of community health and family medicine named

The UF College of Medicine has named Aaron Saguil, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, to lead the college’s Department of Community Health and Family Medicine as its next chair, effective June 6.

Saguil’s medical career began in Gainesville, as he is a 1999 graduate of the UF College of Medicine. Throughout his 22 years in health care, he has not only served his patients, but he has also served his country as an Army physician in posts across the nation and overseas.

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Surgery faculty honored with UF's 2021 International Educator of the Year Awards

Robin Petroze, M.D., M.P.H., a professor in the division of pediatric surgery, and Harvey W. Chim, M.D., FACS, a professor in the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery, were awarded Junior Faculty International Educator and Senior Faculty International Educator, respectively, for the College of Medicine in the University of Florida’s 2021 International Educator of the Year Awards.

The awards, which were announced during International Education Week in November, honor the outstanding contributions of faculty and staff to the internationalization of UF and the impact of those contributions on students, international partners and university stakeholders.

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UF Health Central Florida to create internal medicine residency program
UF Health Central Florida will establish an internal medicine residency program at UF Health The Villages® Hospital. The residency program is slated to welcome its first class of residents in July 2024.
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The UF College of Medicine remembers 1960 alum Dr. H. James Free
H. James Free, M.D., a member of the UF College of Medicine’s first graduating class and the man behind the naming of Gatorade, passed away in October at age 87. Free practiced internal medicine in Clearwater for 30 years and was passionate in his commitment to the field of primary care.
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UF researchers developing novel solutions for artificial intelligence in the intensive care unit

Earlier this year, Azra Bihorac, M.D., the senior associate dean for research affairs at the College of Medicine and a professor of medicine, surgery and anesthesiology, and Parisa Rashidi, Ph.D., an associate professor in the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering, founded the UF Intelligent Critical Care Center. The center aims to expand research into AI-driven diagnosis and clinical decision-making and improve patient care with new technology.

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Pediatrics professor receives award from Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Nicole Paradise Black, M.D., M.Ed., FAAP, who has served as director of the college’s pediatric residency program for the past 11 years, has been recognized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education as a recipient of the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award. The award recognizes program directors who have fostered innovation and improvement in their residency/fellowship programs and served as exemplary role models for residents and fellows.

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Medical student recognized by Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

Fourth-year medical student Celeste Rousseau was recently announced as a Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, or STFM, scholar, an honor only bestowed on 18 medical students nationwide this year. The society annually awards some of the best and brightest medical students across the country with this award to recognize their strong commitment to academic family medicine through scholastic, volunteer and leadership pursuits. The award also acknowledges the student’s potential for a career in academic medicine.

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