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UF School of Physician Assistant Studies graduates 58 students at June 18 ceremony

With friends and family in attendance, 58 members of the UF School of Physician Assistant Studies received their diplomas Saturday as they crossed the stage, ready to begin their careers in health care.

“There is no better word to describe the class of 2022 than resilient,” said Nina Multak, Ph.D., MPAS, PA-C, associate dean and Randolph B. Mahoney Director of the UF School of PA Studies. “You have had to pivot from learning in person to online and a hybrid of the two, and I want to commend you all for your flexibility and resiliency.”

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Project from HR creates resource for best practices on diverse and inclusive hiring

Increasing workforce diversity and inclusivity at the UF College of Medicine is one way to improve health equity for patients. With this goal in mind, the college is making progress on a resource that will assist hiring managers, human resources professionals, leadership and search committees in reaching the most qualified candidates for all positions.

Amelia Baiden, M.B.A., and Will Stephens, HR business partners at the College of Medicine, are leading the creation of a document with resources on best hiring practices for diversity and inclusivity. The project is underway as part of the diversity, inclusion and health care equity pillar in the college’s strategic plan.

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Celebrating Pride Month: Students serve LGBTQ+ community with free specialized and primary care at Equal Access Clinic Network

For future health professionals volunteering with the Equal Access Clinic Network, or EAC, the benefit is two-fold: they get the opportunity to engage in leadership roles and receive hands-on experience while providing much-needed health care to the area’s underserved populations.

The EAC, a free medical service in the Gainesville community staffed by students from medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health and dentistry under the guidance of UF Health faculty, operates in different locations in the community and offers primary care and specialty services, even hosting themed clinics, such as one for Spanish-speaking patients and another for young patients, to tailor care and address specific health needs.

Since 2016, the EAC has hosted monthly clinics to provide a safe space for LGBTQ+ community members to access free health screenings. Alyssa Nielsen, a fourth-year medical student and student director for the Equal Access Clinic LGBTQ Health Clinic at Eastside, said there is a clear demand for LGBTQ+-friendly services in the Gainesville area, which prompted the clinic to expand recently from once to twice a month. An average of 15 to 18 patients attend each clinic.

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UF medical school graduate shares journey from Haiti to Gainesville
Fritz-Gerald Charles, M.D. ’18, who will complete his anesthesiology residency at UF this month, said the surgeon who likely saved his life at age 7 became his role model and a hero in the eyes of his family members.
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Annual Orange and Brew event coming in July
Students, postdocs, residents and fellows can celebrate the new year by enjoying a complimentary latte or tea served by Drs. Colleen Koch and David R. Nelson at two UF Health Opus locations July 18 and July 20.
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Survey opens ahead of Faculty Mentorship Resource Center debut
The Faculty Mentorship Resource Center will soon launch with an online platform to connect colleagues seeking mentor-mentee relationships. A new survey aims to identify interest areas and potential mentors.
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View strategic plan initiatives dashboard
Track progress of initiatives under the strategic plan’s seven pillars.
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Two professors receive prestigious recognitions

Two UF College of Medicine faculty members were recently honored with recognitions at the state and national levels for their commitment to research and patient care.

Naykky Singh Ospina, M.D., M.S., an associate professor in the department of medicine, has been selected as one of 11 members of the 2022 National Academy of Medicine Scholars in Diagnostic Excellence program. Desmond Schatz, M.D., who serves as a professor and the interim chair of the department of pediatrics, as well as the medical director of the UF Diabetes Institute, has been elected to the Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida.

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UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital ranked No. 1 in Florida

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital continues its remarkable run as one of the Southeast’s premier pediatric medical centers, tied for No. 1 as the Best Children’s Hospital in Florida in the 2022-23 Best Children’s Hospital rankings by U.S. News & World Report. 

The survey includes the highest-ever rankings for pediatric pulmonology and lung surgery, listed as the 18th best in the U.S., and neurology and neurosurgery, ranked No. 34. Three other pediatric specialties also were nationally recognized: diabetes and endocrinology (No. 13), cardiology and heart surgery (No. 26) and cancer (No. 49).

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Professor recognized by Gold Humanism Honor Society

Wayne T. McCormack, Ph.D., a distinguished teaching scholar, professor and education researcher in the department of pathology, immunology and laboratory medicine, is one of the creators behind the peer nomination survey for the Gold Humanism Honor Society, which inducts about 15% of the graduating medical school class annually.

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation recently recognized McCormack for his research and dedication to humanism with a National Humanism in Medicine Medal. McCormack and 10 colleagues nationwide were honored at the foundation’s annual gala in New York.

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