Virtual Resources

Department Grand Rounds

Participate virtually in weekly presentations.

A woman stands at the front of a lecture hall to deliver a presentation.

Alumni Speaker Series

Created in collaboration with the Office of Student Counseling & Development, the Alumni Speaker Series is a platform where UF College of Medicine graduates can provide insight into their medical school and residency experiences, discuss various career paths, and share tips on topics such as work-life balance and budgeting with UF medical students.

“What I Wish I Knew in Medical School”

On Sept. 29 via Zoom, Gator graduates who are completing residencies in various programs across the country shared their medical school tips and answered students’ questions on how to navigate medical school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Residents panel

Gator Grub

Check out healthy recipes submitted by alumni. Want to share a recipe? Email

submitted by Brian Taschner, MD ’98

Vietnamese “Meat”balls

Dr. Brian Taschner is a cardiologist in Fort Myers, Florida, and an avid athlete who completed the Spartan Beast obstacle course and race. Founder of Vibrant Beat, an educational platform that promotes healthy lifestyle habits, he hosts lecture at venues throughout the community to promote the benefits of a plant-based diet on cardiovascular disease.

Vietnamese “Meat” Balls

submitted by kavita rajasekhar, md ’09

Kitchari Recipe

Dr. Kavita Rajasekhar is a public health physician in NYC, serving as Associate Medical Director for a worker health protection program. She recently completed culinary school training at the Natural Gourmet Institute, a health-supportive, plant-based program, with an internship at Purple Kale Kitchenworks. Kavita enjoys learning and practicing knowledge on the healing properties of food and other lifestyle measures, especially yoga.


Gator Arts & Medicine

View art submissions from alumni. Want to share your work of art? Email

Submitted by Avan Armaghani, MD ’12

“Window to the Soul”

Dr. Avan Armaghani, an oncologist in Tampa, Florida, who enjoys dabbling in photography, captured this image in February at the Retirement Home for Horses at Mill Creek Farm in Alachua.

A close-up photo of a dark brown horse's face

submitted by Sonja Rasmussen, MD ’90

Santa Fe Lake

Dr. Sonja A. Rasmussen, a professor in the UF College of Medicine’s departments of pediatrics and epidemiology, shares her passion for emphasizing the beauty in Gainesville and North Florida. The picture was taken during a boat ride on Santa Fe Lake.

santa fe lake

submitted by anthony j. pizzo, md ’71

Justified Decisions

Dr. Anthony J. Pizzo, a plastic surgeon from Tampa, Florida, shares valuable lessons from his time as a student at the UF College of Medicine and how a phrase from today’s headlines has led to a deeper understanding of events in his medical career, presented in one of the many forms of art — an essay.


submitted by kyle n. seifert, phD ’04

Dr. Kyle Seifert is a professor and associate department head in the department of biology at James Madison University, a primarily undergraduate institution in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Dr. Seifert is a firm believer in work/life balance, using his time away from the classroom and lab to build boats. He’s built a variety of kayaks, canoes, and a paddleboard, with plans to make many more in the near future.


Gator family fun

Check out these Gator-themed resources for the whole family.


How to draw an alligator

Watch this step-by-step tutorial on how to draw Florida’s mascot: the alligator.


Printable coloring pages

Break out the orange and blue crayons and express your Gator spirit with these printable coloring pages.


Why is the sky blue? experiment

Learn how the sky gets its orange and blue hues with this step-by-step science experiment.


Orange buoyancy experiment

An appropriate activity for children ages 3 to 8, this experiment uses an orange to demonstrate why things sink and float.