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The Department of Medicine is a nationally renowned clinical and research team that has 312 faculty in 11 Divisions: Cardiovascular Medicine; Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism; Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition; General Internal Medicine; Hematology & Oncology; Hospital Medicine; Infectious Diseases & Global Medicine; Nephrology, Hypertension & Renal Transplantation; Palliative Care; Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine; and Rheumatology & Clinical Immunology. The Division of Hospital Medicine also hosts the Palliative Care Program. The Department houses multiple major research centers, including the Clinical and Translational Research Institute, the Center for Inflammation and Mucosal Immunology, the UF Health Integrative Medicine Program, the Cell Therapy Research Network, and The Institute of Therapeutic Innovation. The Department also plays major leadership roles in the UF Health Cancer Center and the UF Diabetes Institute.
The Department supports 95 Internal Medicine Residents and 90 fellows in 16 distinct fellowship programs, spanning each Division. The Department has 12 external clinic sites, and runs all Internal Medicine clinical services at both the UF Health Shands Teaching Hospital (900 beds) and the adjacent Malcolm Randall VA Hospital (350 beds). Medicine Services in Shands hospital include: MICU, Intermediate Medical Care Unit, Hospital Medicine, General Medicine teaching services, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Malignant Hematology & BMT, Oncology, Medical Observation Unit, the Endoscopy Center, the Bronchoscopy Center, Medical Cardiology, the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, and the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Departmental faculty also serve as Medical Directors for Liver, Kidney, and Pancreatic transplantation. The Department admits 20,000 patients a year to Shands, and sees 160,000 out-patients annually.   UF Health is building a new state of the art Cardiovascular Tower at Shands Teaching Hospital, with over planned 100 beds dedicated to treating complex heart diseases. This new tower is scheduled to open Winter, 2017.
Departmental faculty hold over $24 M in annual NIH funding (direct costs), ranking 40th in the Blue Ridge Institute’s survey of all internal medicine departments in FY14. There are 11 faculty that serve on NIH or VA study sections, and another 105 that serve on a national medical society committee. There are 95 Departmental faculty that serve on editorial boards of journals, and 90 faculty with peer-reviewed extra-mural funding. Departmental faculty published 698 papers and 63 book chapters in FY14.

 

Our Culture (Who we are)

Caring

  • For Patients
    Leads to increased safety of medical care
  • For Trainees
    Leads to increased quality of education
  • For Each Other
    Leads to improved productivity

Investigation

  • In the Laboratory
    Leads to increased innovation in medical care
  • In Clinical Trials
    Leads to increased quality of medical care
  • In Clinical Operations
    Leads to increased efficiency of medical care

Our Mission (What we want to do)

Excellence in Medical Care

More than just caring for patients using the status quo, we will invent better ways to care for patients. By doing so we will create an impact beyond UF.

Educational Excellence

More than just educating students, residents, fellows, we will implement innovative methods of education. We will make the next physicians and investigators better than us.

Research Excellence

More than just obtaining research funding and publications, we will discover new fields and innovative techniques.


Strategic Objectives (How we get to where we want to go)

Medical Care

  • New Multi-Divisional/Departmental Disease Centers in Diabetes and Obesity, Mucosal Immunology, Global Health
  • Off-site specialty clinics
  • Incorporate innovative technology first regionally
  • Physician authority in clinical operations
  • Marketing campaign with Shands Health Care
  • Reorganized incentive plan
  • Quality and Safety Initiatives
  • New Divisions in Hospital Medicine, Palliative Care, and Integrative Medicine

Research

  •  Program Projects and multi-PI grants
  •  NIEHS Center
  •  Clinical trials structure with Shands-Jacksonville
  •  Gatorade pilot projects
  •  Biotech incubator for at least 1 project/yr
  •  Increased Pharma partnerships
  •  NIH-funded CTSI collaborations
  •  Incentivize grant success
  •  Formalized mentoring of junior faculty
  •  Centralized grants support structure

Education

  • Participatory residency/fellow education as opposed to didactic  lectures
  • Residency sub-specialties (Global Health, Integrative Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Adolescent/Young Adult medicine)
  • Physician-scientist tracks starting in residency, through fellowship to faculty position
  • Incentive-based salaries for educators
  • Regional free CME
  • Regional board review courses
  • Improve diversity of training programs
  • Medical quality and safety courses
  • Medical economics training