Recruitment of Faculty and Residents
The University of Florida is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse group of faculty to provide the best educational experience possible for its learners and to ensure culturally competent care for each and every patient. While we have not fully realized our goals, we are committed to continued progress and transparency as we further our efforts.
Within the Department of Community Health and Family Medicine Residency Program, we strive to recruit residents who reflect the diverse patient population that we serve here in our community and the city of Gainesville.
Within the UF College of Medicine, the Office of Diversity and Health Equity provides leadership, support and education around minority affairs and inclusion. Read their statement on diversity. Their efforts include sponsorship of successful pipeline programs and a minority mentoring program. The office is led by Dr. Donna Parker, Associate Dean of Diversity and Health Equity and an alumna of the UF Pediatrics Residency program. Dr. Parker works in pediatric primary care as well as precepts in the resident continuity clinic. Dr. Stephanie Ryan serves as the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Health Equity and has expertise in LGBTQ health and works with numerous LGBTQ youth and their families in pediatric primary care. Drs. Parker and Ryan and the rest of their staff have been mentors to countless students and residents.
Dr. Sherise Rogers has been named as the new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion officer for Graduate Medical Education (GME). GME has created an Underrepresented in Medicine Housestaff Advocate Program which is designed to allow medical students from underrepresented backgrounds to easily reach out and connect with UiM residents as they are starting clerkships.
The Mobile Outreach Clinic is a flexible means of delivering health care to the medically underserved in low income neighborhoods and rural areas in and around Alachua County. The mobile clinic is housed in a large bus which includes two exam rooms, a lab and a waiting area. The clinic operates five days per week, and currently, one day each week is dedicated to serving pediatric patients. Pediatrics residents have found this clinic setting an excellent arena for worthwhile advocacy projects and clinical care.