Celebration of Resident and Fellow Education and Research Day was June 10.
Innovation, discovery and scholarship took center stage during Celebration of Resident and Fellow Education and Research Day, held June 10 at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville.
The quasi-virtual event merged what has in the past been known as graduation, research day and Advances in Medical Education, respectively. Recognitions, speeches and award presentations highlighted the festivities, held inside the Learning Resource Center on the UF Health Jacksonville campus and livestreamed for remote viewing.
That day, 124 resident physicians and fellows were recognized for completing their training programs. Several of them will soon pursue further training while many others will begin practice, including some who are joining the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville as faculty members.
Leon L. Haley Jr. MD, MHSA, dean of the college and CEO of UF Health Jacksonville, addressed the graduates. During his keynote speech, he spoke of how their roles as health care providers will impact a nation being disrupted and reshaped by a global pandemic, an economic recession and widespread demonstrations against racial injustice and inequity.
“You have the power to change the world,” Haley said, touching on how efficient and effective care can significantly reduce medical costs. “We now stare health disparity right in its face. Here you are, perfectly positioned to address race and health disparities.”
Earlier during the event, researchers were recognized for various discoveries on campus. The roster included Maedeh Ganji, MD, MBA; Alexander Ghannam, MD; Issa Hanna, MD; and Sandra Siller, MD, who gave platform presentations on their respective projects.
Alexander Parker, PhD, senior associate dean for research, later imparted words of wisdom on those who desire to pursue research aggressively. He said the motivation shouldn’t be to garner praise or accolades.
“Find something you’re passionate about and want to change. It will be more rewarding,” Parker said. “Be courageous, ask tough questions and challenge the status quo.”
Following are key awards announced during Celebration of Resident and Fellow Education and Research Day:
- Golden Apple Award in the Clinical Sciences (for a department) – anesthesiology
- Excellence in Student Education Award (resident) – Anushil Patel, MD, neurology
- Excellence in Student Education Award (faculty) – Thomas Morrissey, MD, PhD, emergency medicine
- Robert J. Wears Outstanding Resident in Quality and Patient Safety Award – Victor Santos, MD, child and adolescent psychiatry
- Edward Jelks Outstanding Resident Clinician Award – Khadeeja Esmail, MD, cardiovascular disease
- Rosilie O. Saffos Outstanding Resident Teacher Award – William Palfrey Jr., MD, pulmonary and critical care
- Ann Harwood-Nuss Resident Advocate Award – Michael Gast, MD, emergency medicine
- Louis S. Russo Jr. Award for Outstanding Professionalism in Medicine – Stacey M. Nedrud, MD, DMD, oral and maxillofacial surgery
- Meritorious Award for Outstanding Service – David Caro, MD, emergency medicine
Visit the event website to see a full listing of winners and 2020 graduates. The site also includes photos, details about research and educational projects, and a link to watch a recording of the entire event.
Associate Designated Institutional Official, UFCOM-J; Associate Chair, Educational Affairs, Department of Emergency Medicine
Senior Associate Dean for Research