December 15, 2020 – There has been no year quite like it. 2020 has brought heartache and surprise, pain and unexpected moments of gratitude to those across the globe dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. For UF medical and PA students, receiving an education took a very different form, resulting in lessons learned that will last a lifetime.
Adjusting to distance learning meant peering into laptops instead of cadavers during anatomy instruction. Clinical study meant trading the hospital exam room for the greater city of Gainesville to conduct public health work within the local community. Students at all levels of their training banded together to volunteer their time assisting physicians and staff at the UF Mobile Outreach Clinic in testing the local homeless population and others for COVID-19, babysitting the children of UF Health Shands staff who continue to work overtime on the front lines, as well as completing a host of service projects for Gainesville’s community through efforts of the COVID-19 Student Service Corps.
Doctor Gator asked a few UF medical and PA students about the lessons learned from 2020 that they’ll hold close throughout their future careers — the skills they gained to become better patient care providers and the times they surprised themselves by doing something they didn’t realize was possible.