December Department Highlights

American Academy of Pediatrics Conference Highlights

Record Attendance

In October, we had record participation in the national AAP conference in Orlando. More than 20 UF medical students, 15 house officers and   20 faculty members attended.

Congratulations Dr. Bucciarelli – Recipient of the Clifford G. Grulee Award

We are very proud that Richard Bucciarelli, M.D., received the  Clifford G. Grulee Award, which recognizes outstanding service to the AAP.

The award was created by the executive board in 1951 to honor Dr. Grulee upon his retirement as executive secretary. It is awarded for outstanding service to the American Academy of Pediatrics, beyond what’s required of elected leadership. The presentation to the recipient is a feature of the annual business meeting.

The Award consists of a gold medal bearing the insignia of the AAP and the inscription “Clifford G. Grulee Award” on the face of the medal, and on the obverse side the name of the recipient with the inscription “For outstanding service to the American Academy of Pediatrics.”

Noche de Gala

Several weeks ago, the Noche de Gala event, which supports UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, was held by the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation.

Nearly $3 million was raised at theevent, with two special families pledging  $1 million each.

Resident and Fellowship Interviews

Over the past month,  more than 50 potential residents and fellows were interviewed for training positions at the University of Florida.

Pediatric Residency Affiliation Agreement with Orlando Health

We  recently signed an affiliation agreement with Orlando Health to become the sponsoring institution for their pediatric residency program.

This presents a great opportunity for us and for Orlando Health in resident education. Please be on the lookout for more information on this soon.

Flu Shots

Our departments has achieved 100 percent influenza immunization this year! This sends a powerful message about how we care for the health of those entrusted to us.