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Training Tomorrow’s Health Care Providers – 2018

Training Tomorrow’s Health Care Providers – 2018

From the time of the academic health center’s founding in 1956, we have operated as a single academic enterprise dedicated to training a variety of professionals and to introducing knowledge that will safeguard the health of Florida’s citizens. This model has helped the University of Florida achieve the ranking of one of the top 10 public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report.

College of Dentistry

As part of UF’s innovative Summer Health Professions Education Program, 80 minority students spent six weeks learning more about possible careers in health fields. They shadowed physicians and got hands-on training in a variety of areas, including dentistry.

The UF College of Dentistry is the only state-supported dental school in Florida and is one of the country’s top dental education programs. About 90 new dentists and 56 dental specialists graduate each year, with the vast majority choosing to stay in Florida and serve the oral health needs of Florida’s citizens. The college’s educational programs have a reputation of excellence within the profession nationally and internationally, resulting in a competitive admissions process. Each year, the college receives about 2,500 applications from exceptionally qualified applicants for approximately 140 available positions. Training for all American Dental Association-recognized dental specialties is available through the School of Advanced Dental Sciences. The college offers specialized programs in endodontics, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics and dental public health.


College of Medicine 

More than two decades ago, doctors could do nothing for Walfre Lopez as his vision faded away due to a degenerative eye disease. Now, a revolutionary artificial-vision procedure done at University of Florida Health has given Lopez a new window to the world.

Established in 1956, the UF College of Medicine is the largest college within the UF Health academic health center. In 2017, the UF College of Medicine ranked No. 40 among the nation’s top research medical schools by U.S. News & World Report. The college also ranks No. 16 nationally among public medical schools and is the highest-ranked medical school in Florida. In 2012, the college revamped its curriculum to provide students more exposure to clinical training early in their medical education and to place more emphasis on small group and collaborative learning. The George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building, designed to serve the college’s modern, patient-centered curriculum, further helps students learn, care and lead. The building serves as a home for medical education at UF, accommodating advanced simulation training and meeting the educational needs of the next generation of UF physicians and physician assistants.


College of Medicine – Jacksonville 

Patrick Antonelli, M.D., chair of the UF College of Medicine’s department of otolaryngology, urges parents to be cautious about using certain ear drops after ear tube surgery.

UF Health Jacksonville is home to more than 1,500 faculty, residents, fellows, staff and administrators. The center is composed of three UF colleges: Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. The UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville offers more than 30 accredited residency and fellowship programs. Between 50 and 70 percent of trainees remain in Florida after graduation. Overall, UF graduate medical education programs support 374 medical residents and fellows at UF Health Jacksonville.


College of Public Health and Health Professions 

Morgan Montaudo, a senior in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions, helped train Biscotti, her foster dog, to be a service dog for New Horizons Service Dogs. New Horizons is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that partners trained dogs with those who are disabled.

The UF College of Public Health and Health Professions is one of approximately 50 colleges and schools in the U.S. that have achieved accreditation as a school of public health from the Council on Education for Public Health. Across its eight departments — clinical and health psychology; environmental and global health; epidemiology; health services research, management and policy; occupational therapy; physical therapy; and speech, language, and hearing sciences — the college offers two bachelor’s, seven master’s, eight Ph.D. and two professional programs. The college is also home to four NIH-funded training grants in rehabilitation and neuromuscular plasticity; physical, cognitive and mental health; substance abuse; and chronic noncommunicable diseases.


College of Nursing

The UF College of Nursing is the premier educational institution for nursing in the state of Florida and one of the top leaders nationally. The college continually attracts and retains the highest caliber of nursing students and faculty with a passion for science and caring. The college has strong and innovative educational programs preparing students to receive their degrees. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or B.S.N., program has three tracks: the traditional B.S.N., the accelerated B.S.N. for students who have degrees in other fields, and the R.N. to B.S.N. program, which is fully online. Our B.S.N. students are among the top in the state and more than 70 percent pursue graduate education within three years of earning their degree.

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice, or D.N.P., program prepares advanced practice nurses in five clinical specialties. The D.N.P. program was ranked among the top 25 public programs nationally by U.S. News & World Report and was top-ranked in the state. The Ph.D. program prepares nursing scholars and future faculty members.

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College of Pharmacy 

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 1 pharmacy college in Florida and in the top 10 nationally, the UF College of Pharmacy excels at preparing graduates to be health care leaders. UF student pharmacists impact their communities through health care screenings, education about proper medication use, internships in pharmacies and community service.

About 50 percent of UF graduates practice in community pharmacy settings, with the remaining graduates choosing roles in academia, hospitals, ambulatory clinics, the pharmaceutical industry, the Food and Drug Administration and others. The college placed 133 graduates into residency programs in 2017, more than any other pharmacy college in the nation. The college is a national leader in the development and evaluation of innovative clinical pharmacy practice models.


College of Veterinary Medicine 

As the state’s only veterinary college, the UF College of Veterinary Medicine is a leader in research, including initiatives in infectious diseases and immunology as well as broad efforts in neuroscience and environmental toxicology. Among the college’s key programs are shelter medicine, aquatic animal health, infectious disease and “One Health” research aimed at enhancing animal, human and environmental health. The UF Veterinary Hospitals serve as a major referral center, treating 36,674 small and large animals in 2016 and another 5,576 animals in Ocala through the UF Pet Emergency Treatment Services clinic. An additional 31,162 animals were treated during field visits. Outreach to animal owners as well as numerous animal-related industries focused on a variety of species is provided through Veterinary Extension, which is associated with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

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