Friday, February 12, 2016                                                                    Volume 2. Issue 3.

The CHFM Pulse  

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” -Benjamin Franklin



• Chair's Message 

• Achievements 

• Patient Care, Education, & Scholarship

• Faculty & Staff Spotlight



Fellow CHFM Member,

With this edition of the CHFM Pulse, we have added sections to incorporate the missions associated with our department: Patient Care, Education, and Scholarship. In particular, we will include current or upcoming activities associated with medical student education, residency and fellowship training as well as faculty development. In this manner, we will keep you up-to-date as we seek to become a model family medicine department.

Please let me know if you have any other suggestions to enhance communication through the CHFM Pulse.

Best regards,

Peter J. Carek, MD, MS

Professor and Chair




Department of Community Health and Family Medicine was nationally recognized for its quality improvement efforts in hospital readmission initiatives at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Conference on Practice Improvement, on December 4, 2015, in Dallas, Texas.


 Congratulations to the winners of the Department of Community Health and Family Medicine (CHFM) Internal Project Awards. To further our scholarship mission, CHFM will provide awards of 10% time allotment to support the growth of faculty-initiated scholarship (i.e. health services research, quality improvement projects, etc) related to patient care or education in family medicine. The focus of the project must address a topic of interest to family medicine physicians and include scholarship related to discovery, integration, application or teaching.



Using a Daily Mindfulness Practice with Biofeedback to Improve Job Satisfaction and Performance in a Primary Care Outpatient Clinic

Abstract: HeartMath uses biofeedback to teach the practitioner emotional self-regulation techniques that can benefit them both immediately and over a sustained period of time. We will determine if using HeartMath’s biofeedback with emWave Pro daily mindfulness practice: is a practical way to improve job satisfaction and performance of physicians, advance practice clinicians, and nurses; improves patient satisfaction; and affects blood pressure and heart rate when comparing baseline to follow-up measures



Hearing Loss and Chronic Disease

Abstract: The negative consequences of hearing loss on the quality of the patient-provider communication during a medical encounter can lead to inaccurate diagnoses, misuse of prescription drugs, reduced quality of life, increased rate of hospitalization, more mental distress, impaired social interactions, and reduced patient satisfaction. Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) will be analyzed from 1/1/2007-12/31/2012. This data will establish if chronic disease evaluation and management is negatively affected by moderate or greater hearing loss.



Solberg LB, Nguyen PN. Medical school applicants’ attitudes about social media use in the admissions process. J Contemp Med Edu. 2015; 3(4): 181-183. doi:10.5455/jcme.20151123121334



Hatch RL, Rubin D, Nall R, Stacey J, Harrell JG, Laibstain S. Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs): Using Family Medicine Clerkships to Teach Essential Skills.  42nd Annual Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Conference on Medical Student Education,  Phoenix, AZ, January 2016 (45 minute seminar presentation).

Pollard C, Hatch RL, ZirulniK A.  Medical students make an impact on patient safety.  42nd Annual Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Conference on Medical Student Education,  Phoenix, AZ, January 2016 (poster)

Oyola S, Sierpina V, WinklerPrins V, Michelfelder A, Schumann SA, Bradner M, Minor S, Hatch RL, Chao J.  Best Practices for Preparing and Assessing our Clerkship Students: How do Multiple Choice Exams Fit into the Big Picture? 42nd Annual Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Conference on Medical Student Education,  Phoenix, AZ, January 2016 (90 minute symposium).

Hatch RL, Rosenberg E, Rubin D, Zirulnik A, Stacey J. Impact of a clerkship-based patient safety curriculum.  42nd Annual Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Conference on Medical Student Education,  Phoenix, AZ, January 2016 (15 minute paper presentation).




Grand Canyon Trip! (Oops, We Meant STFM Annual Medical Student Education Conference)

The 2016 STFM Annual Medical Student Education Conference in Phoenix was well represented by UF Community Health and Family Medicine with a team of four faculty members and three medical students in attendance.  The three presentations and a poster covering teaching essentials skills and best practices for preparing students during Family Medicine clerkships and medical student impact on patient safety were representative of the positive impact we as a department and university make on our students.  As luck would have it (and a bit of balance to the hard work preparing for and presenting at the conference), the Grand Canyon was a three hour drive providing the backdrop for a side trip at the end of the conference.  The team hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon where they spent the night under the stars.  

Next year’s conference is in Anaheim, California in mid-February. And guess what is only 2 ½ hours away - another legendary national park – Joshua Tree! Anyone interested in submitting a proposal for next year’s conference showcasing our efforts to prepare quality medical students and doing some outdoor recreation in the California dessert on the side is welcome to contact Dr. Hatch (


As of January 30th, we completed our interview season and will enter our rank order list in February for our incoming residents who will start July 1 of this year. We will be matching ten first year residents for the coming academic year. Our program will add new curricular elements including a required research experience. 


The Sports Medicine Fellowship had another strong crop of national applicants.  Even though 7 of our last 8 fellows have come from other residency programs across the nation (Duke, Rutgers, Michigan to name a few), we are very proud when a UF resident matches with our program.   That happened this year with Tom Starnes, MD, making him the fourth UF resident after Nahum Beard, MD (2010-2012), Seth Smith, MD, PharmD (2011-2012), Charlie Michaudet, MD (2013-14) since our inaugural year with Bryan Prine, MD (2007).




Several CHFM faculty members have been selected to participate in the College of Medicine Leadership Development Program. Participation in this program is a great opportunity for these faculty members as well as for our department in developing our current and future leaders. (Photos shown in respective order).

Alpa Desai, DO

Grant Harrell, MD

Elvy Mercado, MD

Maribeth Porter, MD, MSCR

Lauren Solberg, JD. 


The Superior Accomplishment Award recognizes faculty and staff who have shown "efficiency or economy in their work, have contributed outstanding and meritorious service, or who improve the quality of life provided to students and employees". Three of the winners were from CHFM! Well-deserved congratulations to:

Sheila Diuguid

Rachel Rivera

Pam Holt

 In addition, Sherri Swilley received the 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Award for her work with the Carey Barber Scholarship Foundation.


If you missed the last issues of the CHFM Pulse, here's where you can find it on our website!

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