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College hosts inaugural AI4Health conference

The UF College of Medicine hosted its inaugural AI4Health: Improving Health through Artificial Intelligence conference April 20-22 in Orlando, bringing leading AI experts at UF together with practicing clinicians from across the country for a series of in-depth discussions on how AI advancements are transforming clinical practice and improving patient health.

Over the course of three days, speakers and guests participated in more than two dozen panels and workshops, sharing insights and exchanging ideas on the latest developments in AI in health care. With more than 140 scientists, clinicians and trainees in attendance, the gathering created valuable opportunities for networking with new colleagues and building future collaborations. The conference provided continuing medical education, or CME, credit to qualifying attendees, and offered virtual and in-person viewing options to provide accessible and hybrid opportunities.

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Department spotlight: Molecular genetics and microbiology researchers’ gene therapy for eye disorder shows promise in early testing
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For people with retinitis pigmentosa, the world they see often starts changing in childhood or as young adults. Their night and peripheral vision declines, eventually leaving most blind.

Now a group of researchers from the UF College of Medicine department of molecular genetics and microbiology are working on a solution: a gene therapy that has succeeded in three animal models. The findings are significant because they show that the therapy works in different species. That is crucial to advancing it to human clinical trials.

“Our ultimate goal would be to treat patients as early as we can — even before vision is lost — and while they can still learn to read and recognize the world around them,” said Alfred S. Lewin, Ph.D., a professor emeritus in the department.

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‘More than a rite of passage’
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During the 20th annual Mark S. Gold, M.D. ’75, White Coat Ceremony on April 30, students from UF’s largest medical school class to date celebrated earning their white coats alongside their peers and recited the college’s code of ethics.

Class of 2025 president Olivier Barolette shared remarks during the event, thanking the loved ones who traveled to see their family members on an important day and honoring others who could not make it.

“These past two years, I’ve seen how intelligent, capable and compassionate you all are,” he said of his classmates. “I’m so thankful and honored to be the class’s champion during events. As we head into our clinical years, I want to encourage you to continue to be a community and to help one another.”

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Faculty honored during spring assembly
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Several College of Medicine clinicians were recognized for their achievements with awards during the spring faculty assembly last month. These awards recognize the college’s most outstanding, active peers for providing extraordinary service.
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Watch the class of 2023 commencement, live!
Graduates from the newest Gator M.D. class will soon sign their names to the Hippocratic oath and become physicians. The Gator Nation is invited to watch the ceremony virtually Saturday, May 20 beginning at 9 a.m.
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UF Health Shands Hospital receives top grade for safety
UF Health Shands Hospital received an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit that reports on safety and quality in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers.
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PhD, master’s students celebrate commencement

This spring, 98 master’s students and 16 doctoral candidates crossed the stage at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, becoming graduates of the UF College of Medicine. 

Each semester, the students and their families are invited to a brunch reception where the graduates are recognized by their mentors during commencement weekend. During the spring 2023 reception, graduates and their mentors reflected on the moments of growth and opportunities they experienced over the past several years.

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Fixel Institute expands care with new neuroimaging, clinical research suites

A 15,000-square-foot neuroimaging suite that includes four high-tech imaging machines — including one of just three in the Southeast — opened April 24 as the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at UF Health moves into a new phase of its growth.

In addition to expanded clinical and research space, clinicians and researchers will now have access to two 3 Tesla MRI machines, a PET-CT machine and a magnetoencephalography, or MEG, scanner through the UF Health Dorothy Mangurian Neuroimaging Suite.

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Shelley Collins holds her Hippocratic Award plaque while standing next to a bronze and marble bust of Hippocrates at the Wilmot Botanical Gardens.
Hippocratic Award winner, new statue unveiled at ceremony

More than 50 members of the M.D. class of 2023 and other guests gathered at UF Wilmot Botanical Gardens on April 27 to witness the uncovering of a bronze and marble bust of the ancient Greek physician and philosopher Hippocrates, who serves as the namesake for the oath physicians take before they practice medicine, and to celebrate the announcement of the faculty member who would receive this year’s Hippocratic Award.

Graduating medical students selected Shelley Collins, M.D., the associate dean for student affairs and a professor of pediatrics, as the 2023 winner, calling her an exemplary teacher and mentor.

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