November 8, 2019—The uniforms they don and the instruments they wield may differ, but there is one vital similarity that those in the military share with health care professionals: a steadfast commitment to service.
The UF College of Medicine is home to many veterans who comprise the faculty, staff and student body. Patrick Duff, M.D., associate dean for student affairs, says those who serve in the military gain lifelong skills and characteristics that contribute to excellent patient care.
“Military service fosters maturity, responsibility and accountability and encourages a deep commitment to duty, honor and integrity,” says Duff, who served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps for 21 years, retiring in 1989 as a colonel. “Our students with prior military experience have consistently been among our most distinguished graduates.”
In recognition of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, we highlight four UF College of Medicine students whose time spent serving in the U.S. Army, Navy and Marines continues to impact their lives and the care they put into their medical training.