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Faculty and trainee investigations showcased during 2023 Celebration of Research
A student shares his research poster with another student during the Celebration of Research poster session

During the 13th annual Celebration of Research event, faculty, staff, students and trainees attended a variety of sessions to learn more about the research their peers are conducting, explore the ways the college is incorporating AI and other technology into its training and celebrate the achievements of researchers and mentors at the college.

The festivities culminated in two award ceremonies to honor faculty, students and trainees, as well as an announcement of a special gift.

During the Feb. 28 poster session and reception, Lou and Rosemary Oberndorf, longtime supporters of medical education technology, made a gift to the College of Medicine in support of AI-related discovery. The first of its kind for the college, the Oberndorf College of Medicine AI Prize will be awarded to second-, third- and fourth-year medical students working on AI-focused team research projects.

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Department spotlight: Department of health outcomes and biomedical informatics builds a collaborative, AI-enabled learning health system
A digital graphic with a bottom row of five images of University of Florida College of Medicine Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics employees and a blue background above with white text that says, "UF College of Medicine Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics."

For any health care organization to provide the best patient care long term, continuous learning and improvement must be a priority. There is something to be learned from each patient visit, diagnosis and treatment that can help produce a better experience for others in the future.

Under the direction of the National Academy of Medicine, academic health centers across the U.S. are striving to create this ideal by developing learning health systems. In these systems, science, informatics, incentives and culture combine for ongoing improvement, best practices are smoothly implemented and data are collected to continue the cycle.

Led by Chair Elizabeth Shenkman, Ph.D., the University of Florida College of Medicine Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics, or HOBI, has been building a learning health system with UF Health and the University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute, or CTSI, for years. Thanks to successful team science and UF’s artificial intelligence initiative, progress has developed rapidly, with promising impacts for students, scientists, practitioners and patients across the university, state and country.

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UF Health joins national effort to improve patient outcomes
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UF Health is among 42 health systems nationwide chosen by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to carry out pioneering initiatives to accelerate the implementation of practice-changing research results in clinical care to improve patient outcomes.

HSII-participating health systems have the opportunity to prepare proposals that break down barriers to the delivery of health care through organizational policy and practice changes, providing skills to personnel, developing relationships among other organizations and/or through engagement with communities in the first stage of the initiative. Each health system can receive up to $500,000 for a project that supports preparation for future implementation strategies. A second HSII funding opportunity will support practical and innovative projects that promote uptake of specific evidence from PCORI-funded research studies within the health systems, with funds ranging from $500,000 to $5 million per project.

In addition, through the HSII Learning Network, UF Health and other participants will share experiences and learn from one another about best practices for implementation, evaluation metrics and other topics integral to successful implementation of new ways to deliver care. Through the network, participants will provide input to PCORI on topics and specific PCORI-funded findings of interest for future projects.

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Learn about AI's role in medicine at UF Medicine's upcoming conference
UF’s inaugural AI4Health: Improving Health through Artificial Intelligence conference will explore how AI-enabled discoveries will change clinical practice and improve health. The event will take place at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club resorts in Orlando April 20-22. Virtual options available.
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Watch Match Day, live!
On Friday, March 17, students from the UF College of Medicine class of 2023 — along with other fourth-year medical students around the country — will discover where they will complete their residency training in a ceremony at the G. Edward Evans Champions Club.
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Celebrate Medical Education Week March 13-16
Please join our Society of Teaching Scholars and Office of Educational Affairs March 13-16 for a Medical Education Week seminar series honoring and reflecting on medical education at UF.
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Track progress of initiatives under the strategic plan’s seven pillars.
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First ‘Institute Professor’ of The Wertheim UF Scripps Institute inventing ways to target incurable diseases via RNA

Matthew D. Disney, Ph.D., a professor and chair of the department of chemistry at The Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation & Technology, has been named the first “Institute Professor” at the institution.

Endowed institute professorships are among the highest honors that the University of Florida can bestow upon a faculty member, recognizing proven leaders whose work embodies a commitment to excellence in research and scholarship.

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portraits of Alyssa Nielsen and Emily Beydler
Two UF medical students nominated to attend AAMC leadership conference

Medical students Alyssa Nielsen and Emily Beydler were nominated and selected to join the 2023 cohort for RISE: Developing Future Leaders in Academic Medicine & Science for 4th Year Medical Students.

Medical schools can nominate two rising fourth-year students to attend a two-and-a-half-day seminar at the AAMC Learning Center in Washington, D.C. Participants are chosen who have demonstrated a willingness and ability to positively impact the culture and/or learning environment at their medical school.

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Dance Marathon students show appreciation for College of Medicine faculty

On Feb. 22, students from Dance Marathon at the University of Florida flitted around campus, delivering boxes upon boxes of pizza to faculty and staff in several colleges across the university, in recognition of their Faculty Appreciation Day initiative.

At the academic health center, they stopped by the faculty lounge to ensure physicians, researchers and others in the health care field were fueled with food to make it through a busy afternoon caring for patients and making discoveries to impact the future of medicine.

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