After driving 28 hours from New Mexico two days before, Daniel Wong sifted through stacks of information on the benefits table at the New Housestaff Open House at the College of Medicine June 29.
Wong, who came to UF for an endocrinology fellowship, is one of the 250 new residents and fellows who began their training July 1.
Freddy L. Jones, benefits counselor for the College of Medicine and Wilbur Holloway, a personal business manager for Holloway Financial Services, stood behind the welcome table to greet UF’s newest residents during the open house event held in the Shands Atrium.
“We’ll be here the entire day making sure we meet and greet all of them and help them feel at home here in Gainesville,” said Jones.
The New Housestaff Open House, organized by Shands at UF’s Office of Housestaff Affairs with help from the College of Medicine, was held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help the residents get situated before starting the new chapter in their life.
Many different services were offered during the open house, such as an opportunity for residents to get their UF identification badge, sign up for a parking decal and banking and credit union services.
They also had the chance to visit the benefits booth, which included information about personal and family health insurance, disability insurance, life insurance, the dental program and retirement program.
Many residents said they were excited to start their residencies and fellowships .
Mareen Noh, who will be completing her fellowship at the UF Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation, moved to Gainesville from the University of Washington in Seattle.
“Getting to Florida was a small triumph in itself,” said Noh, who was raised in North Carolina. “It was a five-day drive, but I’m really happy I have arrived and that I’ll be starting soon.”