Medi-Futures

Diversifying the future of healthcare through accessible pre-health shadowing and impactful mentorship for students everywhere

10,000+ students have shadowed since August 2020

300+ healthcare professionals in our network of mentors

> 60% of our speakers each semester are women

> 50% of our student participants are a racial minority

what is Medi-futures?

The Medi-Futures Program is a virtual lecture series intended to provide many of the benefits students would receive through traditional shadowing – mainly, the opportunity to learn about health careers from people working in those professions while also gaining insights into the reasons one may choose a health career, the education and requirements to pursue a particular career, and what it’s like to actually work in that profession (lifestyle, conditions treated, etc.). 

Our “Virtual Shadowing” program has the advantage of bringing shadowing to students who may not know how to get involved or have the right connections. Our program essentially has unlimited capacity, allowing us to avoid creating barriers for interested students (applications, GPA requirements, etc.). Additionally, because our sessions are recorded, our program is accessible to students with obligations that preclude their ability to participate in traditional shadowing (i.e., work or family obligations).

Medi-Futures does not require a particular time commitment. Students are encouraged to view all presentations to really see the benefits of the program and to earn a certificate at the end of each semester’s program, but they will get credit for participating in even a few presentations.

explore health professions

Medi-Futures strives to expose students to a wide range of health professions and specialties, including well-known and lesser-known professions in the field.

It is important that students gain a well-rounded understanding of careers in the health field so they can make informed decisions about their future career path while gaining an appreciation for interprofessional collaboration.

Check out some of the health professions featured by Medi-Futures thus far!

anesthesiologist assistant

audiologist

biomedical engineer

child life specialist

clinical social worker

dentist

epidemiologist

forensic medical scientist

genetic counselor

health data scientist

midwife

nurse anesthetist

nurse practitioner

occupational therapist

pathologist assistant

perfusionist

pharmacist

physical therapist

physician

physician assistant

physician-scientist

podiatrist

registered dietitian

registered nurse

researcher

respiratory therapist

speech-language pathologist

veterinarian

I want to learn more about a healthcare profession not listed here

medi-futures in the media

in the news…

Three University of Florida groups partner to engage underrepresented groups in medicine

Students from the Pace Center for Girls, an all-girls alternative school, and Girls Place, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering young women, took a field trip to the UF College of Medicine July 26, gathering in the George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building and rotating among stations staffed by college faculty. The event, hosted by the college’s Women in Medicine and Science advisory board and Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, along with the Medi-Gators Virtual Shadowing Program run through the department of neurology, was designed to inspire the next generation of female physicians and scientists, showing them the breadth of opportunities in health care.

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Co-Founders speak about…

Promoting the Profession: Highlighting a Unique Shadowing Program for Pre-Health Students

This podcast episode highlights a unique and innovative virtual shadowing program for pre-health students developed by the University of Florida Department of Neurology. Members of the ASHP New Practitioners Forum chat with founders of the Medi-Gators Virtual Shadowing Program to gather their insights and lessons learned when developing the program to improve access to shadowing, mentorship, and other health-related opportunities for all students.

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in the news…

Shadowing program gives pre-health students experience as pandemic restrictions remain

“When the COVID-19 pandemic took opportunities away from pre-health students, Alyson Moriarty created her own. 
Medi-Gators offers job shadowing and mentorship to students. The program helps expose participants to healthcare professions. It’s virtual format on Zoom makes shadowing more accessible for underprivileged students and parents providing for their families while fulfilling academic obligations.”

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MENTORS DISCUSS…

Medi-Gators Mentorship Program connects students with UF faculty

The University of Florida Medi-Gators Mentorship Program serves as a bridge connecting undergraduate and health professions students with UF faculty and area health care professionals who share similar backgrounds and interests.

Two College of Public Health and Health Professions faculty members, Sharon DiFino, Ph.D., and Yan Wang, Ph.D., are among the Medi-Gators mentors who are providing guidance, fostering insight, encouraging growth and empowering student participants with a goal of building a more successful and equitable health career pipeline.

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Anesthesiology mentorship…

Department of Anesthesiology resident mentors students

As part of the Medi-Gators mentorship program at the University of Florida College of Medicine, first-year anesthesiology resident Javier Garcia, M.D., is leading a group of medical students and undergraduates in a project designed to enhance patient understanding of the preoperative process.

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