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Oviea Akpotaire and Jeffrey Okonye put in long days working with patients at the veterans' hospital in south Dallas as fourth-year medical students at the University of Texas Southwestern.

They're in a class of 237 people and they're two of only five black men in their class.

"I knew the ones above us, below us," Okonye says. "We all kind of know each other. It's comforting to see another person that looks like you."

WMFE

Health care’s a growing industry. But not all health care jobs are created equal.

The board that oversees Florida’s universities on Monday will look at whether Florida graduates enough health care workers to meet demand and it could lead to new programs. 

The Florida Board of Governor's report looks at the statewide number of graduates in a field, compared to the projected number of new jobs.

Updated at 7:00 p.m. with sound & President Genshaft's letter


Officials with USF Health say they are seriously considering a downtown Tampa campus for third- and fourth-year medical students, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Students vying for coveted spots at medical schools say premedical internships can gain them an edge in the competitive application process, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

In 2013, medical schools in the United States accepted and enrolled just 20,000 students, despite having more than 48,000 applications, the Times reports.

 

Since becoming the new senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine in early May, Dr. Charles Lockwood has sat down with every department he oversees at the University of South Florida.

The former Dean of the Ohio State University's College of Medicine is plotting a course for one of USF's flagship divisions as he takes over from Dr. Stephen Klasko, who led USF Health for nine years before leaving last June to become the president of Thomas Jefferson University and president/CEO of the Jefferson University Hospital System.


With practically all of Washington now expecting the automatic budget cuts -- "sequestration" in D.C.-talk -- to take effect, university medical schools are alarmed to see they will lose money two ways, The Gainesville Sun reports.

First, the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation are cutting back on research grants by 5 percent; second, Medicare pay to faculty doctors and teaching hospitals will be trimmed 2 percent.