In addition to Saturday’s tailgate, attendees had a chance to tour some of the premier spaces at the college, taking a look at the programs and research underway by current faculty, learners and trainees. Stops on the tour included the Mobile Outreach Clinic, the UF Diabetes Institute and the Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases. Alumni and their families also saw demonstrations in the UF Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation.
Key announcements were shared at a reception and dinner celebrating milestone M.D. and P.A. classes: the class of 1982 successfully raised more than $100,000 to meet its endowment goal, enabling future students to benefit from the generosity of Gator doctors.
Mark Adkins, M.D. ’82, a retired diagnostic radiologist, said he was excited to learn about his cohort’s achievement.
“I am especially proud that my class reached this goal, becoming one of only four classes so far to endow a scholarship,” he said. “It has been a pleasure to help provide support to medical students financially and academically. It is very important to me to support the future of the medical profession.”
Taschner, who previously supported the college’s Legacy Challenge fundraising campaign, echoed Adkins’ thoughts regarding the importance of scholarships for students.
“Medical school costs have gone up significantly, and one of the best ways we can continue to attract the best students to our institution is to pay it forward,” Taschner said. “Donating was very gratifying for my wife and I, and I think it can be for others as well, because you’re able to see that individual students are benefiting from your philanthropic nature.”