Leader: Ashleigh Wright, M.D. ’07
As the medical director of the Anaclerio Learning and Assessment Center, triple Gator Ashleigh Wright, M.D. ’07, is dedicated to helping the next generation of physicians become empathetic, capable caregivers.
Working with students from the beginning of medical school through graduation, Wright builds creative, challenging patient activities that encourage learners to strive for excellence. Her roles as a faculty member, mentor and director help bolster the same program that trained her in the early 2000s.
“Watching students improve over four years is an amazing experience, and I am grateful to be involved in the process,” said Wright, an associate professor in the department of medicine. “I have enjoyed a wonderful career in medicine, and I look forward to many more years.”
Wright first joined The Gator Nation in 2000 for her undergraduate studies. She was inspired to pursue medicine from a young age by her father, who worked in patient care as a urologist, and her mother, who supported and encouraged Wright throughout her childhood.
At the College of Medicine, she found role models in fellow female physicians such as Heather E. Harrell, M.D. ’95, FACP, the associate dean of medical education; Shelley Collins, M.D., the senior associate dean for undergraduate medical education; Maria Kelly, M.D. ’02, FAAP, the assistant dean and chief medical officer of University of Florida Health Physicians; and Carolyn Stalvey, M.D. ’99, a professor in the department of medicine.
Now as a mother watching her children grow with wonderful teachers, Wright said, she has learned the true impact working in education can have.
“My daughter Madeline, who is now 10 years old, inspires me to be the best version of myself,” she said. “For women who are early in their careers or are considering medicine, I am so excited for your future! I encourage you to be curious, look at every day as an opportunity to learn more about medicine and discover what aspect of medicine most speaks to you.”