Aug. 8, 2023 — Last Friday, the 136 men and women comprising the UF College of Medicine’s newest class of medical students assembled in the George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building, surrounded by tables representing some of the potential avenues for their future careers — emergency medicine, anesthesiology, community health and family medicine and more.
The career fair, a new addition to the UF medical school class of 2027 orientation, offered the incoming class of physicians-in-training a chance to speak with trainees and faculty who were once in their shoes.
“I asked the representatives about the paths they took and what they want to see from students so I can prepare for when I’m trying to make a decision on which specialty I want to pursue,” said first-year medical student Grace Kelly, who spoke with faculty and residents from the internal medicine and neurology departments at the event.
The students in the class of 2027 hail from 43 undergraduate institutions and include parents, a U.S. Army combat veteran, a muralist and a former professional soccer player.
“There have been many advances in medicine since I went to medical school, and today new technologies and artificial intelligence are evolving medicine further, but the core of the profession remains caring for the patient,” said Joseph Fantone, M.D., senior associate dean for educational affairs. “Stepping forward to be an advocate for your patients is critical and something we looked for in you as part of this selection process, and you’ve all exhibited these values and character traits. We’re really pleased you’re joining us.”’
This year also saw the greatest number of first-year students joining the MD-PhD Training Program, with 11 students beginning their journeys toward becoming physician-scientists this fall.