Three of our UF Health Science Center colleges are celebrating major anniversaries this year — the UF College of Medicine and UF College of Nursing each turn 60, and the UF College of Veterinary Medicine turns 40.
The UF College of Medicine will mark the milestone in September with an anniversary gala and a national dean’s panel, hosting three U.S. medical school deans to lead a public discussion about the future of American medical education.
“The UF College of Medicine takes great pride in its rich history and vast contributions to the science of medicine and the art of medical education,” saidMichael Good, M.D., UF College of Medicine dean. “This anniversary allows us to reminisce about the past while looking forward to the role the UF College of Medicine will continue to play in the future of our students, the accomplishments of our faculty and the lives of the patients we serve.”
The College of Nursing began its celebrations in February with the biennial Dorothy M. Smith Nursing Leadership Conference, featuring prominent speakers.
“We are honored to celebrate our college’s significant achievements over the past 60 years but also look forward to the bright future ahead of us made possible by those we have followed,” saidAnna McDaniel, R.N. Ph.D., UF College of Nursing dean. “I am proud to say we embrace our motto to ‘care, lead and inspire’ in everything we do.”
Commemorating its 40th anniversary, the UF College of Veterinary Medicine kicked off celebrations in January with two events — one for faculty, staff and students, and another for alumni during a reception held at the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando.
Celebrations for all three colleges will continue throughout 2016 to acknowledge the years of education provided to outstanding students who have made their impact felt across the globe.
James Lloyd, D.V.M., Ph.D., UF College of Veterinary Medicine dean, said, “Such an occasion gives us cause to stop and reflect on both who we are and what we have done — the difference we have made in the world, and the impacts we anticipate from these graduates.”