Florida’s flagship university is warning its professors to stop requiring students who may be visibly sick to leave class and be tested for the new coronavirus.

The line of students stretched for more than 100 yards and wound down a flight of stairs as University of South Florida students tried to beat three other Florida universities at getting their flu shots on Wednesday.

USF joined for the first time with Florida State University, the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida to encourage students to be immunized. They dubbed the competition "4 U's Fight The Flu." 

New Surgeon General Keeps UF Employment

Jun 25, 2019
Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees
UF Health

Florida’s new surgeon general has negotiated an unusual two-year arrangement that allows him to remain employed at the University of Florida --- and keep his tenured position --- while also being in charge of the state Department of Health. 

Mayo Clinic has announced it will build a $233 million oncology facility on its Jacksonville campus that will include proton beam therapy.

New Health Secretary To Keep Ties To UF

Jun 6, 2019
Gov. Ron DeSantis named Dr. Scott Rivkees as Florida's Surgeon General.
Governor's Press Office

When physician Scott Rivkees takes over as secretary of the state Department of Health, he will continue to be employed by the University of Florida. 

Justices Will Not Hear Challenge To UF Gun Policy

Apr 13, 2016

In a victory for the University of Florida, the state Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to take up a dispute about whether guns should be allowed in university housing.

UF Guns Case Appealed To Florida Supreme Court

Feb 8, 2016

A Second Amendment group is asking the state Supreme Court to take up a legal dispute about whether guns should be allowed in residence halls and other housing at the University of Florida.

After several years of study, researchers at the University of Florida have discovered a "drug cocktail" for patients with Type 1 diabetes that appears to give them the ability to produce insulin again, the Gainesville Sun reports. 

An animal rights group has filed a federal complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture against the University of Florida.  

The complaint filed by Eleventh Hour for Animals alleges a “culture of negligence” in UF’s handling of lab animals, the Gainesville Sun reports.  The complaint stems from the euthanizing of a macaque monkey in 2010.

High-profile but controversial pediatric heart surgeon Mark Plunkett is out of a job at University of Florida, which he had accepted this past summer, according to the Gainesville Sun (paywall alert). But Plunkett got some good news: The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that he will receive $1 million in a settlement with University of Kentucky, which shut down his program a year ago for reasons never made public. Plunkett was to have started at UF Sept.


Heart surgeon Mark Plunkett, who was recently hired by University of Florida, left a mystery in his wake when he left  the University of Kentucky, where he was the sole open-heart surgeon for Kentucky Children's Hospital.  That program was suspended after a series of babies died or had unexpected complications. 

UF Health Shands Hospital has closed its burn unit and is checking for contamination throughout the hospital after eight burn patients became infected with acinetobacter baumanniii, Chief Medical Officer Timothy Flynn said Monday. One burn patient is still in isolation, he said; the hospital did not say whether there were any fatalities, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

The Legislature's decision on whether to accept billions of federal Medicaid dollars to cover about 1 million of this state's uninsured could have a major impact on the economy, a team of University of Florida economics professors say.

Their study, released Friday by the Florida Hospital Association, forecast that the expansion -- which would trigger an estimated $51 billion in federal funds to the state over 10 years -- could generate almost 122,000 permanent jobs.