Meanwhile, we have selected John Davis, M.D., as the new chair of obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Davis will come over from the UF campus in Gainesville, where he has served as director of the obstetrics and gynecology residency program.
He’s replacing Guy Benrubi, M.D., who has stepped down from his COMJ leadership roles to take a six-month sabbatical. Andrew Kaunitz, M.D., is chairing the department in an interim capacity until Dr. Davis arrives in January.
Our final chair position to fill is neurosurgery, and we expect to make an announcement soon.
Regional medical campus
Upon my arrival in 2017, the UF COMJ Faculty Council and the Office of Educational Affairs approached me about a request for us to become an Association of American Medical Colleges-recognized regional medical campus.
We are considered an affiliate campus for UF medical students from Gainesville, who complete some of their rotations here. AAMC designation would require us to maintain a cohort of students who spend their entire third and fourth years of medical school on our campus.
We believe our campus has the clinical expertise, dedicated educators and unique academic infrastructure in an urban environment to complement the student experience in Gainesville. As we continue to position ourselves as a key part of one of the best academic health centers in the Southeast, a regional campus designation is only fitting.
David R. Nelson, M.D., interim senior vice president for health affairs at UF and president of UF Health, and J. Adrian Tyndall, M.D., M.P.H., interim dean of the UF College of Medicine in Gainesville, are now reviewing our proposal. We hope to report good news in the near future.
Leon L. Haley Jr., M.D., MHSA, C.P.E., FACEP