December 2019

Class of 2023 Celebrates Annual White Coat Ceremony

For Taylor Rouviere, one of the most valuable lessons she learned during her 20 years as an actress and model was how to feel at ease when meeting unfamiliar faces and how to forming new relationships. As she crossed the stage of the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, the first-year UF College of Medicine student thought about the patients she would soon get to care for during a preceptorship in her hometown of Miami.

“When we take histories on our patients, I’m very comfortable talking to people,” said Rouviere, who played a recurring character on the Netflix series “Bloodline” with Sissy Spacek while an undergraduate student at UF. “That is one of the things that really excited me about medical school and the field of medicine — learning about people and their stories in life.” Click Read More for full story and photos.

One patient at a time

When it comes to dementia, most are familiar with Alzheimer’s disease and its devastating impact on patients and families. Yet Alzheimer’s is not the only disease that wreaks havoc on one’s mind.

In the U.S, 1.4 million people are affected by Lewy body dementia, the second most common type of progressive dementia, which is widely underdiagnosed. Additionally, 10-20% of dementia cases in the nation are caused by frontotemporal lobar degeneration, or FTLD, an umbrella term for a group of neurodegenerative disorders that can affect personality, behavior, memory and language beginning in one’s 40s.

At the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Bradley Boeve, M.D., (pictured) who earned his medical degree at the UF College of Medicine in 1991, devotes his days to studying both Lewy body dementia and FTLD. Neither disease has any current effective treatment, and those affected suffer from poor quality of life. For some with Lewy body dementia or FTLD, less than a decade may pass between an initial diagnosis and death. Read More

UF researchers find gene mutation involved in cancer progression

University of Florida researchers have found mutation hot spots in a unique class of proteins that could drive cancer progression.

“There are recurrent mutations that are associated with cancer development,” said Jonathan Licht, M.D., director of the UF Health Cancer Center and study co-author. “Many of these mutations inactivate the functions of important proteins that prevent tumor formation and cause proteins to stimulate cancer growth. We wanted to know if there are mutations in other parts of the histone molecule.” Prior research has identified mutations in proteins known as histones that lead to abnormal gene regulation in cancer cells, Licht said. Histones help package DNA in cells so DNA can be protected from stresses and compacted into chromosomes during cell division. Read More

A Gator Night with the Tampa Bay Lightning

On December 9, UF College of Medicine alumni and friends enjoyed a pregame reception and group seating at the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders. Thank you to all of those who joined us!

The College of Medicine Alumni Affairs team looks forward to hosting a night out in a city near you! If you have any suggestions of where we should head next, email us at


The Villages®, UF Health enter into exclusive talks to transform regional health care

The Villages® and University of Florida Health announced their intent today to develop a comprehensive health care campus that will offer a full portfolio of education, research, and advanced health care and wellness services for The Villages® community, including the construction of a new general acute care hospital.

The Villages® seeks to become America’s “healthiest hometown,” and the broad vision will include a variety of UF Health medical practices as well as teaching and research alliances with various UF colleges, such as Dentistry, Health and Human Performance, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Health Professions, and Veterinary Medicine, along with associated centers and institutes. UF/IFAS extension programming focused on food and nutrition also will be a highlight. 

The Villages® and UF Health officials have signed a letter of intent to continue exclusive talks as they work to build a new model for health care in the region. They will meet regularly to more specifically define the relationship over the next several months.Read More 

When Food Becomes Medicine

Culinary Medicine 2020 aims to educate physicians, allied professionals, and medical students about the impact of food on the body through an understanding of stress response, microbiome and immune response, through talks and cooking demonstrations from expert lecturers. Join us in Tampa, FL at the Epicurean Hotel on February 29, 2020. Read More and Register

Bringing Florida to the slopes of Colorado

The University of Florida’s Spring Anesthesia Ski Summit brings attendees to the beautiful slopes of Snowmass, Colorado on March 23-27, 2020! The program features premier faculty, the latest topics in anesthesiology, and an unparalleled ski in ski out experience at the luxurious Viceroy Hotel in Snowmass!  Click Here to Register

Feb 20: UF Giving Day

Feb 29: Culinary Medicine Conference: When Food Becomes Medicine, Tampa, FL More info

March 20: Match Day

March 23-27: Spring Anesthesia Ski Summit, Snowmass, CO More info