Just a few days ago, we received word that through great efforts from some of our collaborators, UF was designated one of six Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Centers. Led by Dr. Sweeney, and several members of my advisory committee (Drs. Walter, Vandenborne, and Byrne), we received this prestigious grant. It's an exciting time to be a part of muscular dystrophy research at the University of Florida, and there has never been as much optimism as we have now!
As I journey the patience inducing MD-PhD trek, I've been able to see much of our University's College of Medicine transform. From the induction of a pass/fail curriculum change to various classes of students leapfrogging over me, I've seen our CoM grow and thrive over my time at UF.
At UF, we have fantastic clinical facilities, great faculty, and (if I may) some pretty good students, but always lacking was an exceptional physical space to call our own home for medical school. That all changed as the George T. Harrell Medical Education building was recently finished, and opened its doors to the latest arrival of Gator Docs in training.
For reasons unbeknownst to me, I was one of the first students able to take a tour of the building, meet with some of the generous contributors of the building, and participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony as the student representative. Words can't describe how exceptional the facilities are, from the lecture halls (not to be confused with the Starship Enterprise flight deck), to the many small group learning rooms, to the new standardized patient practice suites, the building is really a sight to behold. Some photo's can be found in the Business in the Heart of Florida's album.
I'm excited to be able to start med school in one physical location, and finish in a brand new state of the art building. I truly believe that with the completion of this building, UF is redefining the boundaries of medical education.
I'm a current MD-PhD candidate, working hard to help treat and manage muscular dystrophies