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UCF Lake Nona Medical Center Opens Full-service Acute-care Hospital

The UCF Lake Nona Medical Center opened March 1, bringing full-service, acute care to the growing Lake Nona community in a hospital that will also train the next generation of healthcare providers and support innovative medical research. Located next to the UCF College of Medicine in Orlando’s Medical City, UCF Lake Nona Medical Center provides 24/7 emergency care, comprehensive…

UCF Alum’s Art Exhibit Celebrates Black Women Entrepreneurs

Sabrina Dessalines ’20 says it’s never been her intention to be a well-known artist — but her work may paint a different picture. After contributing to a viral collaborative mural in downtown Orlando last year, the self-taught artist now has her own exhibit that celebrates Black History Month and Women’s History Month at a local art…

Help Say Goodbye to Stress

Have you ever felt like life is moving too fast and you’re struggling to keep up? While stress may seem inescapable, there are steps you can take to help manage it: 1. Cut back on the coffee Caffeine can easily become the most important ingredient in a busy lifestyle. But too much caffeine can actually…

PHOTOS: UCF Lake Nona Medical Center Sneak Peek

On March 1, the UCF Lake Nona Medical Center, which was developed in partnership with HCA Healthcare’s North Florida Division, will begin to serve the local community and students at the College of Medicine. Located at 6700 Lake Nona Blvd., the newly completed teaching hospital began development in October 2018. The medical center will provide 24/7…

COVID-19 Precautions and Vaccine Update

We are all concerned about the status of COVID-19 in Central Florida, especially as we prepare to start spring classes on Monday. As physicians and faculty, we want to share information about the virus and UCF’s plan. We have been living with COVID since March, and the university’s robust contact tracing program has shown no…

Tell Me Something Good — The Benefits of Gratitude

In this last COVID-19 health tip before the holidays, we’re addressing gratitude — an approach to life that helps improve your mental outlook, especially during challenging times. Medical research also shows that grateful, thankful people are better in protecting their physical health and in dealing with healthcare challenges. For advice on how to practice gratitude,…

Resilient Med Students Earn National Research Awards

Despite the challenges brought on by COVID-19,  UCF medical students continue to make their mark with medical research, presenting their discoveries at a national conference and winning top awards for their presentations. Third-year medical student Spencer Lessans and MD/PhD candidate Michael Rohr were accepted to present recently at the American College of Gastroenterology 2020 National Scientific…

Making Holiday Eating Healthy AND Fun

While COVID-19 has greatly impacted this year’s holiday season, many of us will still be making – and unfortunately overindulging in — holiday foods. This pandemic is stressful, which also causes many of us to overeat. So this week, we turn to College of Medicine faculty member Dr. Magdalena Pasarica, an M.D./Ph.D. who specializes in…

Library Launches Diversity Initiative to Share Our Stories

“You can’t understand someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” This popular saying is the idea behind the Human Library Project recently launched at the College of Medicine to challenge societal stigmas and stereotypes. The Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library has partnered with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to introduce the project, which features…

14 UCF Physicians Named Orlando’s Top Docs

Fourteen UCF faculty physicians were named the community’s best doctors in Orlando Magazine’s yearly recognition – the most ever in medical school history. The honorees include physicians in various specialties who practice at UCF Health, the College of Medicine clinical practice. The magazine featured two lists this year – a “Top Doctors List” compiled by Consumers’ CHECKBOOK,…

DACA Student Prepares to Graduate with Gratitude to Family, UCF

Ruben Mercado Santos realized he was “different” in high school. When his friends were getting their driver’s licenses and registering to vote, he couldn’t. After living in South Florida since he was 5, the Honduras native began to realize what it meant to be an undocumented immigrant in the United States. “There are times where…

Hosting a Virtual Party Event During COVID-19

This is usually the season for parties, and with COVID-19 infections on the rise, more of us may be considering hosting virtual events. For advice on hosting a great – and we hope stress-free – online event, we turn to two faculty members from the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, Jeannie Hahm and Michelle Holm,…

“Muji’s Tree” Unveiled for Professor with Caring Spirit

Ayoung Southern hickory tree, nestled among the landscape at the College of Medicine’s Lake Nona campus, honors a founding faculty member who retired this year after helping to create a nationally recognized pathology curriculum and inspiring colleagues and students with his caring spirit. The medical school unveiled “Muji’s Tree” in recognition of the 10-year service…

Letting Down Your Guard Can Spread COVID-19

As COVID-19 cases spike, health officials are discovering that many people currently testing positive were infected while they were with people they know –not in work or classroom situations, but in casual social gatherings. That’s not surprising. We let down our guards when we’re home or out having fun. While it’s become natural – and…

UCF Health Adds Rheumatologist to Practice

UCF Health recently welcomed another rheumatologist to the practice who, in addition to caring for patients, will join our three existing rheumatology faculty to train tomorrow’s specialists. Dr. Hina Tareen joins the UCF College of Medicine physician practice after completing her rheumatology fellowship and internal medicine residency at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston,…

UCF Study to Identify Protective Factors for Suicide Ideation among Young Lesbian and Bisexual Women

What protective factors reduce the likelihood lesbian and bisexual women will consider killing themselves? That’s the focus of a $2 million national study led by researches at the UCF College of Medicine’s new Population Health Sciences Department. Lindsay Taliaferro, an expert in suicide and self-harm, and Eric Schrimshaw, an expert in LGBTQ+ health disparities and…

Luciana Garbayo Receives College of Medicine Innovative Teaching Award

Philosophy Assistant Professor Luciana Garbayo has received the UCF College of Medicine Innovative Teaching Award. The award recognizes a faculty member demonstrating continued and effective use of innovative teaching methods in the clinical curriculum. Garbayo, who is jointly appointed in the Department of Philosophy in the College of Arts & Humanities and in the Department…

Is Your Ailment a Cold, the Flu or COVID-19?

You’re sick with coughing, sneezing and a fever. Do you have a cold, the flu or COVID-19? All three are contagious respiratory illnesses with similar symptoms. The only way to tell for certain that you have COVID-19 is through a diagnostic test, but here are some guidelines on symptoms of a cold, the flu and…

College Honors Faculty, Staff, Students

The College of Medicine recognized outstanding faculty, staff and students recently in a virtual 2020 Awards celebration meant to “thank you for keeping our medical school moving forward despite the challenges and for everything you do to teach our students, care for our patients and discover tomorrow’s medical treatments and cures” in the words of…