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Welcome Applicants to the Class of 2025!

The Admissions Welcoming Committee (AWC) is dedicated to providing the same warm and inviting atmosphere to prospective students, alumni, and visitors as we do our friends here in the Gator nation. Through collaborative efforts and teamwork, the AWC aims to enrich the community of the University of Florida College of Medicine by supporting and enhancing the establishment of student connections. AWC welcomes the leadership and diversity of backgrounds, interests, experiences, and ideas of its members, which is essential for showcasing the aspects of the University of Florida College of Medicine that allow this community to flourish. With this in mind, AWC provides a platform for students to share their medical school experience, as well as what it means to be a Gator Doc, to all those who may find themselves in the Swamp.

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.

~ Lucie, Juliette, Brianna and Ashley


Lucie Moore

Lucie Moore
Lucie Moore luciebmoore@ufl.edu

Hello everyone! My name is Lucie Moore, and I am originally from Vero Beach, FL. I attended the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish!) where I earned a Bachelor’s in Neuroscience and Behavior. I absolutely love playing the saxophone and bass clarinet, and I participated in marching band and concert bands throughout high school and my time at Notre Dame.

I have known that I wanted to be a doctor since I was 14 years old, when I experienced some health problems that brought me to the wonderful pediatricians at UF. The doctors who treated me here were so kind, and the way they supported my family and me was inspiring. I knew from that moment that I was called to accompany and serve others in the same way that they had served me.

My interview at UFCOM was actually my last interview of the cycle, but I knew almost immediately as I walked through the door that it would be the perfect place for me. The warmth of the students and the sense of community at UFCOM were immediately apparent, and I felt as if I was home. I was so touched that the students and admissions committee took such an interest in getting to know me and to show me how wonderful UF is. I absolutely love how friendly the students and professors are, and that everyone wants to see everyone else succeed! I can’t wait to show you how much I love UFCOM, and I look forward to meeting you!

Undergrad: University of Notre Dame


Juliette Romeus

Juliette Romeus
Juliette Romeus jromeus@phhp.ufl.edu

Hey y’all! My name is Juliette Romeus and I’m from Coral Springs, FL. I went to UF for undergrad (#DoubleGator) and graduated in 2019 with a major in Health Science and a minor in Classics. I took a gap year, spending time with my family and doing an AmeriCorps term. I think I’ve always been attracted to medicine, as I enjoyed science growing up and had a wonderful relationship with my pediatrician. I’m not sure what speciality I want to go into yet, but as long as kids are involved, I know I’ll love it!

UF was actually my very first interview at the very beginning of the interview cycle. I remember being shocked- I thought my stats wouldn’t get me an interview, let alone an acceptance. But I am so happy that I’m attending this school because the acceptance that I’ve found here is amazing. My peers, the faculty, and the staff have all made me feel like I belong. I felt this sense of family and community during my interview and am glad to see that it is intertwined in the culture of UF as a whole. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you and spreading the UFCOMmunity love!

Undergrad: University of Florida


Brianna Simmons

Brianna Simmons
Brianna Simmons bsimmonswps@ufl.edu

Hello everyone! My name is Brianna Simmons and I am from Orlando, Florida. I attended Duke University for undergrad, where I obtained a degree in Biology. After graduating, I completed a Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate program and worked as a medical scribe in an emergency department. I have pretty much always known that I wanted to be a physician and combine my love for science and serving the community. However, seeing many of my family members suffer from the effects of health disparities in a small, rural town really solidified my desire to give back as a medical professional.

I truly felt a sense of belonging at my UFCOM interview, beginning at the Swamp Dinner the night before my actual interview day! The students and faculty were so genuine and welcoming, and I felt confident that UFCOM would be the place where I could nurture my passions and become the best physician and person that I can be. I can’t wait to meet you all and share all of the amazing things that UFCOM has to offer!

Undergrad: Duke University


Ashley Simenson

Ashley Simenson
Ashley Simenson ashleysimenson@ufl.edu

Hello! My name is Ashley Simenson. I grew up in Delano, MN (a small, cold suburb of Minneapolis). I earned my bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Oklahoma State University then a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Pittsburgh. I had imagined a career in epidemiologic research focused on infectious diseases and health equity at an organization such as the CDC or state health department but realized that for all the incredible things epidemiology offers, I would be left craving the direct, one-on-one patient interaction found in clinical medicine.

UF COM was the last place I interviewed. Not even halfway through my interview day, I knew if I was offered a place, I’d attend UF COM without hesitation. No other school offered the same supportive, collaborative community I found here in Gainesville. I’m still grateful every day to be a gator doc, and I’m so excited to share the school with you.

Undergrad: Oklahoma State University


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