June 29, 2017 — The UF College of Medicine welcomes 491 physicians who will start residency or fellowship programs in Gainesville, Orlando, Jacksonville and Pensacola on July 1. In addition to programs at UF Health in Gainesville and Jacksonville, UF sponsors residency programs at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando to respond to the need to train physicians in our state and nation. We welcome 335 residents and fellows in Gainesville, 122 in Jacksonville, and 17 each at programs in Pensacola and Orlando.
“We’re so excited you chose this moment in time to be at UF,” said UF College of Medicine Dean Michael L. Good, M.D., during the new resident and fellow orientation June 30, noting the continued growth of the UF Health system, from the upcoming opening of the UF Health Heart & Vascular and Neuromedicine hospitals to the expansion of clinical services at UF Health Springhill.
Good also offered four pieces of advice to the new residents and fellows:
- Spend time with your patients
- Engage with your faculty
- Read every day
- Engage with the larger health care team, including nurses, pharmacists and therapists
Timothy Flynn, M.D., senior associate dean for clinical affairs, echoed Good’s advice to engage with patients.
“It’s been 43 years since residency orientation for me,” Flynn said. “As I close my career, I can’t imagine a more fulfilling life than what I’ve had. I envy you because you’re on the front end of it. When you get to my age, you’ll say, ‘I did some good.’ And that’s a wonderful thing.”