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College of Medicine implements innovative preoperative pathway
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Health care providers at the University of Florida College of Medicine and UF Health Shands Hospital perform roughly 30,000 surgeries a year. As a major referral center for the southeastern U.S., the medical hub sees patients who travel for hours and even days to receive care and surgical remedies for all types of illnesses.

A team of care providers and staff from the UF College of Medicine and UF Health is working to optimize the evaluation of patients prior to surgery as part of an initiative under the patient care pillar of the college’s five-year strategic plan. With the help of a consultant from Johns Hopkins Medicine, the team has overhauled the preoperative evaluation process and pathway in Epic, the hospital’s digital patient record-keeping system, to streamline preparation for surgery, improve recovery times and outcomes, and better support patient satisfaction.

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College of Medicine community celebrates third annual Orange and Brew
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During the third annual Orange and Brew event July 27, the University of Florida College of Medicine, in collaboration with Opus Coffee, celebrated the start of the new academic year with students, postdocs, residents and fellows, bringing the college together over a tasty treat amid excitement for the fall semester.

Colleen Koch, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., dean of the College of Medicine, and David R. Nelson, M.D., senior vice president for health affairs at UF and president of UF Health, served free hot and iced lattes and teas from Opus Coffee in the UF Health Shands Hospital Atrium to learners and trainees while chatting with familiar faces and getting to know new Gators. The event celebrated not just a new school year but also the camaraderie that forms the foundation of the College of Medicine.

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UF Health’s East Gainesville center celebrated
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By mid-2024, a vacant lot in East Gainesville will be home to a medical destination that has long been sought in the area: UF Health Urgent Care Center – Eastside. Unable to hold a traditional groundbreaking ceremony because of inclement weather, officials from UF Health, the city of Gainesville and Alachua County instead held an online affair for the 9,000-square-foot center on Zoom in June.

Gainesville and Alachua County are contributing $2.25 million each in federal COVID-19 relief funds to help build the center. UF Health will be responsible for ongoing operations. The $5.7 million urgent care center is just the start of a potentially busy destination spot for East Gainesville. Officials envision the site at Southeast Hawthorne Road and Southeast 20th Street becoming a medical, employment and perhaps retail hub for one of the city’s most underserved areas.

“Over the years, many residents have expressed the need for health care closer to home. It is very fulfilling to bring convenient urgent care to the heart of East Gainesville but this is also about more than a medical clinic. Ideally, UF Health’s alliance with the city and county will be a catalyst that improves residents’ quality of life,” said David R. Nelson, M.D., senior vice president for health affairs at UF and president of UF Health.

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Alumna celebrates son’s cycling talents at 2023 Special Olympics World Games
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Last month, Marcy Verduin, M.D. ’00, traveled to Berlin with her son, 18-year-old Maxwell “Max” Verduin, for the 2023 Special Olympics World Games. He competed alongside 14 other Florida athletes and Team USA, bringing home a silver medal in cycling while his biggest fan watched from the stands.
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State of the College address coming this fall
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Save the date for the 2023 State of the College address, Sept. 29 from 7-8 a.m. at the Harrell Medical Education Building. In-person and livestream viewing will be available.
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UF highlights AI capabilities
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Regular computers take hundreds of years to perform large AI calculations. At UF, this modeling is done in a matter of days with the nation's most powerful university-owned supercomputer.
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Fixel Institute becomes the first National Ataxia Foundation Center of Excellence in Florida

The National Ataxia Foundation announced the recognition of the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at UF Health as a National Ataxia Foundation Ataxia Center of Excellence, making it the first center of excellence in Florida and one of 15 nationwide.

Matthew Burns, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of neurology, and Sub Subramony, M.D., a professor of neurology, co-direct the ataxia clinic at the Fixel Institute. The clinic, which originally opened in 2009 under Subramony’s leadership, serves patients across Florida and the U.S.

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College opens Clinical Research Hub

Faculty at the UF College of Medicine are pioneering discoveries and making lasting contributions to health care. For clinical researchers at the college, this means creating high-impact clinical trials that directly advance patient care, increase access and optimize outcomes.

To further support clinical research faculty, the UF College of Medicine Office of Research recently launched the Clinical Research Hub, which will provide enterprisewide leadership, create standards and policies and establish a shared infrastructure for clinical research in the college. The new hub aims to facilitate increased collaboration, simplify clinical research processes, develop pathways for researchers and advance overall research excellence.

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UF Health Shands Hospital receives top designation for maternal care

UF Health Shands Hospital has been recognized for the high level of service it provides to women through pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care.

The Joint Commission’s Maternal Levels of Care, or MLC, verification program, offered in collaboration with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, has designated UF Health Shands Hospital a Level IV maternal care verified facility. Receiving the highest classification means UF Health Shands has demonstrated its on-site medical and surgical care of the most complex maternal conditions and critically ill pregnant women and fetuses.

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