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Faculty recruitment guide to provide tools and resources for College of Medicine departments
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As part of an ongoing effort at the University of Florida to provide extensive resources to departments hiring employees, a group of experienced administrative partners are working together to develop a College of Medicine faculty recruitment guide.

Led by Jenna Glendinning, the assistant director of health care administration in the department of emergency medicine, the project is part of the people pillar of the college’s strategic plan, first introduced in December by Dean Colleen Koch, M.D., M.S., M.B.A. With the help of Adrienne Smith, an administrative specialist in the department of neurology, and Jennifer Barghout, an administrative specialist in the department of anesthesiology, Glendinning said she is working to compile the recruitment guide to share with the college in early 2023.

“We are learning from each other, and we’re hoping this guide can provide departments with new opportunities to learn about proactive recruitment ideas they maybe haven’t thought about before. The goal is to then give departments a chance to build out their own strategy specific to their recruitment goals,” she said.

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College of Medicine celebrates five female trailblazers during Women in Medicine Month
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The UF College of Medicine is home to many female scientists and health care providers. To celebrate Women in Medicine Month this September, the college is spotlighting five trailblazing women educators, researchers, leaders and clinicians from its schools and departments.

Breann Garbas, DHSc, MPAS, DFAAPA; Malú Gámez Tansey, Ph.D.; Donna M. Parker, M.D. ’90; Elizabeth Shenkman, Ph.D.; and Oluwadamilola T. Oladeru, M.D., M.A., M.B.A., represent the importance of gender inclusion in medicine and exemplify the impressive accomplishments and impact of women in their fields. 

“Role models matter,” Parker said. “Teaching and mentoring students to become strong leaders and advocates is very rewarding, and I know many of them in turn will also lead and mentor. Some are already filling those roles. Having teachers who look like and who have had similar experiences to students provides a sense of belonging to those students, allowing them to be their best selves and to become the best physicians.”

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A grandparent’s legacy
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Grandparents establish the legacy of their families, shaping the generations to come. In some cases, their contributions can reach far beyond their family trees.

George T. Harrell Jr., M.D., and Albert L. Rhoton Jr., M.D., founded legacies much larger than their last names, impacting the future of medicine. Their dedication to patient care and medical education influenced their own children, and eventually their grandchildren, to continue following in their footsteps after their passing. Descendants of these two College of Medicine pioneers share the far-reaching impact of a grandfather’s love and wisdom.

“It’s amazing how some of his former students talk about what a profound impact he had on their professional development and their outlook on patient care,” said Grant Harrell, M.D. ’10, an assistant professor in the department of community health and family medicine and the grandson of the college’s founding dean, George T. Harrell Jr., M.D. “That always gave me a feeling of gratitude.”

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Gainesville-based medical students’ Epic contributions can be used in billing
Our Gainesville medical students can now write inpatient billable notes, similar to the outpatient process. CMS allows a teaching physician to bill based on a medical student’s note if there is direct presence of the attending or resident during the history and physical exam.
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State of the College address one week away
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Faculty, staff, learners and trainees are invited to attend the annual State of the College address virtually or in person Friday, Sept. 23 from 7–8 a.m. Gator mascots Albert and Alberta will make a special appearance at the in-person event from 8–8:30 a.m.
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Celebrating the college’s newest ELAM inductee
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Colleen Koch, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., dean of the College of Medicine, hosted a lunch at Hotel Eleo Sept. 8 to celebrate Rosemarie Fernandez, M.D., the most recent College of Medicine participant in the prestigious ELAM program.
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Track progress of initiatives under the strategic plan’s seven pillars.
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Medical students create literary magazine for college

2022 medical school graduates Arianne Maya, Catherine Elko, Amber Henry and Hansol Kang recently launched the first issue of the Chapman Art and Literary Magazine, or CALM, a project started by a committee within the Chapman Society, the UF College of Medicine’s chapter of the national Gold Humanism Honor Society.

CALM features poetry, essays, short stories, photography, drawings and digital art, all created by College of Medicine faculty, hospital staff, residents and students. The theme of the current edition is “Healing the Heart of Health Care: Reimagining how we listen, connect and collaborate,” which is this year’s theme for the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

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UF Health researcher aims to create AI algorithm to help map human body’s cells

Researchers at UF Health are developing an artificial intelligence algorithm to be used by scientists around the nation who are mapping out the entire human body at the single-cell level.

The project is led by recently hired UF College of Medicine faculty member Pinaki Sarder, Ph.D., an associate professor of quantitative health in the department of medicine and associate director of imaging for UF’s Intelligent Critical Care Center, or IC3. Sarder received funding from the National Institutes of Health for UF’s participation in the Human Biomolecular Atlas Program consortium, a network of universities and institutions that submit data to the HuBMAP Data Portal with the goal of creating an open map of the human body at the cellular level. 

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UF faculty join international partners to launch continuing medical education for Haitian physicians

Two UF faculty members have joined Haitian partners in an effort to bring much-needed continuing medical education, or CME, opportunities to Haiti’s physicians. CME, which is designed to help physicians stay up-to-date with new medical knowledge, has never before been offered to Haiti’s medical doctors.

“CME improves patient outcomes because all doctors improve their medical knowledge,” said Arch Mainous, Ph.D., a professor in the College of Public Health and Health Professions and vice chair for research in the department of community health and family medicine at the College of Medicine. “It improves health care for all patients, rural or urban, rich or poor, as well as those seen in primary care or by specialists. This effort could revolutionize how medical care is conducted in Haiti.”

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