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Early-career investigators achieve success with grant process through mentorship program
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One year after the UF College of Medicine launched the R01 Boot Camp — where the college’s senior researchers connect with early-career investigators to help them complete grant proposals for funding from the National Institutes of Health, often categorized as R01 grants — participants submitted 17 grant applications this summer, with more expected in the fall. Two faculty members who submitted grants in the middle of the program have already had their submissions accepted by the NIH, totaling more than $3 million in funding.

A project under the research pillar of the college’s strategic plan, the boot camp is part of a new research training and workforce development program spearheaded by the College of Medicine Office of Research. During the nine-month mentorship experience, faculty prepare elevator pitches on their research, attend a grant writing workshop, hold breakout sessions with teammates and set aside time in their schedules to write grants.

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Department spotlight: Urology residency alumni return to UF to teach next generation of Gator physicians
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During the late 1970s, three young men came to the UF College of Medicine to train in urology, not knowing the decision would shape their futures, the residency program and the lives of Gator residents decades down the line.

The trio — Tom Stringer, M.D., FACS; Mike Dennis, M.D., FACS; and Mike Wehle, M.D. — cultivated strong friendships during their training. The warmth and camaraderie that attracted them to UF’s residency program in the first place also brought them back to the College of Medicine after years of private practice and patient care in clinics around Florida and the U.S.

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Patient blood management pre-op screening project aims to improve outcomes
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A new project from the UF College of Medicine is aimed at screening patients ahead of scheduled surgeries to improve their recovery time and side effects by preventing unnecessary blood transfusions.

Thorsten Haas, M.D., the director of patient blood management at the College of Medicine and a professor in the division of multispecialty anesthesiology, home to the only patient blood management program in Gainesville, recently received a $24,000 grant from the UF W. Martin Smith Interdisciplinary Patient Safety Awards Program to begin a project in which patients are screened for hemoglobin levels ahead of scheduled surgeries. Research shows that anemia is a common factor that can lead to a patient needing a blood transfusion.

Through the college’s new project, patients will be screened for anemia before going into a surgery at UF Health Shands Hospital, and depending on the time that is left before surgery and the underlying reasons for anemia, the health team will work with the patient to increase their hemoglobin levels and reduce the need for a blood transfusion.

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Third annual Orange and Brew kicks off new academic year July 27
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College of Medicine students, postdocs, residents and fellows can receive a complimentary coffee or tea from guest baristas Dean Colleen Koch and Dr. David R. Nelson, UF senior vice president for health affairs and president of UF Health, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Opus at UF Health Shands Hospital.
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Welcoming new residents and fellows
On July 1, new trainees joined the UF College of Medicine family, embarking on the next step on their journeys as physicians. To help them get to know their new community, the alumni affairs team hosts a Resident & Fellow Bucket List Challenge throughout the year.
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State of the College address coming this fall
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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Q&A with McKnight Brain Institute director Dr. Jennifer Bizon

Jennifer Bizon, Ph.D., chair of the UF College of Medicine department of neuroscience and an expert in brain aging, was appointed director of the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute of the University of Florida in February. In this Q&A, Bizon discusses her new role, hopes for the future, research interests and more. 

“I am excited to work with all of our members to support our existing programs and to identify those areas that are ripe for new investment,” Bizon said. “This year is the 25th anniversary of the MBI, and it’s remarkable to think back to those things we didn’t know 25 years ago that are now taught in high school biology textbooks! I can’t wait to see what the next 25 will bring, particularly as we seem poised for the discovery of transformative treatments across several neurological disorders, ranging from Alzheimer’s disease to brain cancer. It’s such an exciting time to be a scientist working in our field.”

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UF School of Physician Assistant Studies welcomes 56 students to class of 2025

Students in the UF School of PA Studies class of 2025 began their medical studies with orientation sessions inside the George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building June 28. On their first day of PA school, the students received the gift of their first stethoscopes, purchased with donations from alumni and friends of the PA school.

At this year’s stethoscope presentation, Nina Multak, Ph.D., MPAS, PA-C, the associate dean and Randolph B. Mahoney director of the UF School of PA Studies, thanked alumnus Gary Gossman and his partner Jeanne Geldbaugh, both PA ’82, who have provided generous donations to the student stethoscope fund. Gossman and Geldbaugh attended this year’s presentation, where they were honored with a special gift from the School of PA Studies for their commitment to helping the next generation of PAs on their journeys to becoming health care providers.

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Dr. Ji-Hyun Lee elected American Statistical Association president

Ji-Hyun Lee, Dr.P.H., a professor of biostatistics in the College of Medicine and College of Public Health and Health Professions, has been elected president of the American Statistical Association for the 2025 term. The association is the world’s largest community of statisticians, with more than 19,000 members in more than 90 countries.

Lee also serves as the director of the division of quantitative sciences at the UF Health Cancer Center, providing strategic leadership and administrative direction for Cancer Center scientists. She has more than 20 years of experience in various aspects of cancer research, including clinical trial designs, health disparity, cancer prevention interventions (including smoking cessation), and the application of AI in cancer research. She is also the author of more than 175 peer-reviewed articles.

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