One initiative aiming to improve access, safety, equity and quality in clinical care focuses on continuity of care for a vulnerable population: adolescents needing to transition from pediatric to adult providers. Without guidance, young adults can go years, even decades, without the routine and preventive care and disease management they need. To address this gap at UF Health, a multifaceted, interdisciplinary program is linking pediatric clinicians, social workers and health coaches to prepare, educate and shift adolescents and young adults from pediatric to adult care.
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A new College of Medicine Faculty Mentorship Resource Center is designed to form a centralized location where faculty can learn about and easily connect with the many existing resources UF has to offer, including mentorship from colleagues further along in their careers.
To continue fostering a culture of lifelong learning, UF’s Employee Education Program — which allows faculty and staff to receive tuition assistance for up to six credit hours of instruction per semester — opened for residents, fellows and adjunct clinical postdoctoral associates this spring.
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With a record $121 million awarded to the College of Medicine from the National Institutes of Health in 2021, the medical school reached the top 25 in NIH funding among public universities. Record-breaking funding has enabled researchers to innovate across campus and beyond.
Thanks to UF’s partnership with the Silicon Valley-based company NVIDIA, faculty and students have also initiated research into AI tools and machine learning that will improve their ability to care for patients. A new PhD track that launched this fall also focuses on emerging science and AI for future researchers. Doctoral students in the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences who are interested in pursuing bioinformatics can join the Emerging Research Scholars-AI PhD Program, giving them additional support and training in AI for the first two years of their studies through the Office of Research.
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Faculty representatives are participating in renowned training programs in quality, safety and health care delivery to bring novel initiatives to their home departments, with the goal of increasing high-value, patient-centered care. One project underway streamlines care for emergency room patients with low-risk chest pain by helping those who are not experiencing a heart attack receive outpatient care and testing from a cardiologist without being admitted to the hospital.
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