Two British emergency department physicians, Lloyd Collier and Louis Snellgrove, center, in polka dot outfits, stopped by UF’s Evelyn F. and William L.
McKnight Brain Institute in their bid to ride a tandem cycle 18,000 miles around the world to raise money for spinal cord and brain research. Faculty and staff
at the institute sent them on their way with a group Gator Chomp for good luck. — Greg Hamilton
Record crowd of well-wishers on hand for 2019 UF College of Medicine Match Day
The 2019 UF College of Medicine Match Day ceremony at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center saw 121 members of the Class of 2019 successfully match into
residency programs across the nation. Patrick Duff, M.D., associate dean for student affairs at the UF College of Medicine, shared some facts and figures with
the crowd of students, faculty, family and friends, who comprised the largest audience to ever attend a UF Match Day. Of the 121 students who matched, 29%
will remain in Florida, 19% will remain at the UF College of Medicine in Gainesville, and about 2% will study at UF Health Jacksonville. Fourteen matched into family medicine, the largest number in that specialty over the past 19 years. Of the students pursuing the three toughest and most selective specialties, Duff noted, each successfully matched. Two of the students will enter neurological surgery, three will enter dermatology and seven will enter orthopaedics.
— Tyler Francischine
UF Health Shands earns national recognition for adult trauma care
UF Health Shands has received national recognition from the American College of Surgeons, or ACS, for its commitment to the standards of an Adult Level I Trauma Center. ACS verification is a voluntary measure for certified Level I Trauma Centers aiming to meet additional levels of excellence. Shands, which received the verification from the ACS in December, was originally designated by the state as a Level I Trauma Center in July 2005. “We are a flagship
organization for trauma care,” said Lara Zamajtuk, the associate vice president of operations for UF Health Shands, who noted UF Health saw more than 3,000 trauma cases in 2018. — Steph Strickland
UF veterinary college expands facilities to accommodate growth
Almost a decade after opening its small animal hospital, the UF College of Veterinary Medicine has expanded its facilities to better train its students and to accommodate the rapid growth of the hospital’s emergency and critical care services. Construction of the $6 million, two-story addition adjacent to the main hospital wrapped up in February and will provide more space for primary care and dentistry services, as well as offices for administrative personnel. The expansion adds approximately 12,000 square feet to the existing 100,000-square-foot building. The groundfloor space is being remodeled for efficiency and expanded emergency and critical care services. — Sarah Carey