Welcome Applicants to the Class of 2024!

As your big day approaches, we along with the rest of the committee would like to welcome you wholeheartedly. Congratulations on all you have accomplished thus far, now please allow us to show and share with you our UFCOM family.

~ Neydric, Youyou, Sarah and Jon

Neydric Jean

Neydric Jean; neydricjean@ufl.edu

My family moved to the U.S. from Haiti when I was 4 because of better healthcare and opportunities. I was pretty much raised in the Central Florida area, but spent some time in South Florida because I had a lot of family there. Being in and out of doctor’s offices and hospitals when I was growing up first got me interested in medicine. That interest only intensified as I got older and experienced first hand the impact a doctor can make in someone’s life. During my undergrad at UCF, I volunteered with terminally ill children, worked as a substance abuse nurse, taught students going on international mission trips, shadowed several physicians, and did a bit of sociology research. Though it was difficult at times, I’ve truly enjoyed my journey to this point!

I remember the day I found out that I got accepted into UF COM. Joy and excitement would only begin to describe how I felt. From the interview day all the way to orientation, I never doubted for a second that this was the place I was meant to study medicine. There are so many wonderful things about UF COM and I can’t wait to share them all with you all! Welcome and Go Gators!

Undergrad: University of Central Florida

Youlei “Youyou” Li

Youyou Li; youlei.li@ufl.edu

Florida is home. I was born and raised in Lakeland, Florida but went up north to North Carolina to study Biology at Duke University. I thought about many fields before I finally decided that I liked the thought of learning medicine. To me, medicine is the best way to use the knowledge that I love learning in a practical and meaningful manner to help others and to make a difference in this world.

While I cannot pinpoint a specific experience where I suddenly knew that I wanted to become a physician, Interview Day was the day I knew I wanted to become a Gator after my life as a Blue Devil. This peek into life as a UF COM student showed me a welcoming and close community which has proven to be more than true during my time here. I come to classes everyday excited to see my friends and instructors (and to learn, of course!). I am proud to be part of a community that places great importance on the humanity of medicine and in creating an environment that makes UF feel like home to everyone. Our classmates, instructors, facilities, and opportunities are simply wonderful, and I am so excited to show you why I love UF COM and to welcome you to Gainesville.

Undergrad: Duke University

Sarah Sherman

Sarah Sherman
Sarah Sherman; sarahsherman95@ufl.edu

My hometown is Coral Springs, Florida, but Gainesville has been my home for the last 4 years! I am a proud double-gator, and I studied Biology and minored in Health Disparities in Society during my time as an undergraduate at UF. Becoming a physician has been my dream for countless years, and I can’t imagine a better place to train to become one than the UF College of Medicine! My interview day convinced me that this was the place for me because I was able to see the wonderful culture and sense of community that the students and faculty here have built.

The University of Florida College of Medicine places so much focus on the humanistic aspects of medicine and providing patient-centered care, producing compassionate and empathetic physicians. My peers at UFCOM are some of the most amazing and inspirational people that genuinely care about and support each other and will continue to do so for their future patients. The mentors, facilities, and research opportunities are exceptional as well, and it is humbling to be able to learn how to practice medicine here. My favorite part of being on the Admissions Welcoming Committee is having the opportunity to show interview candidates what makes UFCOM so special and welcoming you all to our school and home!

Undergrad: University of Florida

Jon Wiese

Jon Wiese; jonwiese@ufl.edu

I was born and raised in Longwood, FL and obtained an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish!) While finishing up my degree and working at various engineering internships, I realized that a career in medicine best suited my personal and career goals. After graduating from ND, I spent one year completing the required pre-requisite coursework and MCAT preparation while working as a scribe with an ophthalmologist and spent another year as a middle and high school teacher and coach.

When I was fortunate enough to interview at UF COM, I knew quickly that I was at a place that I could call home. I was blown away by all that the school had to offer, particularly the amazing faculty and students. As a student here, I am proud to be a part of this caring, happy, and fun community. I could not be happier with my decision to attend the University of Florida College of Medicine and I am incredibly excited to welcome you and share our community with you!

Undergrad: University of Notre Dame

 Interview Day

Here is what to expect when you come and interview with us:

Visiting Gainesville some other time? Feel free to stop by our office: Directions to UF COM Admissions HMEB 142