“People with conditions like diabetes need support that goes beyond the clinical visit. At USF, we are working on ways to help care for the entire person, even the family living with disease. I personally need that support and am thrilled to bring a set of patient eyes to the analysis and development of solutions to the problems I face as an individual.” –Nicole Johnson ’96, Director, Communications and Outreach, USF Diabetes Center, Miss America 1999
The University of South Florida was founded in 1956 to address the needs of people in one of Florida’s leading urban centers. Arguably, there is no greater need in a metropolitan area than the health and well-being of its citizens. By establishing the USF Medical Center in 1965—an entity eventually named “USF Health” encompassing the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health—USF assumed the profound responsibility of improving the lives of people in our state by discovering cures for disease, addressing public health concerns and producing high quality health care providers.
Since then, we have taken our role to new heights. Not only did we develop programs and educate doctors, nurses, physical therapists and public health practitioners, we also enlisted the talent of people in almost every discipline at the university: biologists, chemists, technologists, mathematicians and engineers as well as sociologists, psychologists and economists. Not only did we establish clinical centers to serve people in our region, we also made the bold decision to take a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to clinical care, education and research—and to offer our solutions to the global community.
At USF, we choose partnership and cooperation over silos and closed-mindedness. We are committed to being pioneers and champions of the knowledge required to promote wellness, cure daunting diseases and improve lives here and everywhere.
Conquering Juvenile Diabetes
With the help of a major grant from the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Jeffrey Krischer, distinguished professor of pediatrics, and his team are studying 8,000 children around the globe and analyzing the data using the power of computers. Their very realizable goal: to eradicate Type 1 diabetes, one of the world’s most devastating childhood illnesses.
One Stop Health Care
Imagine a place where doctors move from room to room and patients receive everything they need in one facility on the same day. The new Carol and Frank Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare at USF makes it possible for patients to receive full diagnostics and treatment services, see physicians and specialists, fill prescriptions and receive health education all in the same place.
A Holistic Approach to Learning
The USF College of Medicine is taking an unconventional approach to training future doctors. We believe the best doctors have a broad understanding of much more than their particular area of expertise. Interprofessional education, a program whereby medical students take classes and work with students in nursing, public health and pharmacy, means future patients will benefit from doctors who have a holistic approach to wellness, prevention and cures.