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Rehire Skip Harris as Program Coordinator for the UF MD-PhD Program

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We understand two new academic specialists will be hired for the UF MD-PhD program. We are writing this letter in strong support of Skip Harris to maintain his role as program coordinator.

Skip has been fundamental to the success and innovation of the UF MD-PhD program. He is greatly involved in every aspect of our education from conceptualization to execution. Skip largely developed the leadership training program, has facilitated countless faculty-scholar mentoring relationships, and coordinates efforts for the clinical research practicum, fall and spring symposiums, along with our monthly educational dinners. All of this he has accomplished while recruiting new students and organizing interviews for students from across the country. It is truly admirable how much time and effort he has invested into our program. It is no surprise that two individuals are required to complete his job.

Skip has been in this role for several years. He knows the MD-PhD program, and more importantly, he knows us. Being in a program for eight years comes with many changes. It has been very reassuring to know that Skip is always available to guide us through each transition. Because Skip has led so many MD-PhD students through their education, he understands the unique aspects of physician-scientist training. No other job applicant would have this experience. However, perhaps Skip’s greatest quality is how much he cares for our success and the overall mission of the MD-PhD program. This isn’t just a job for Skip. He is deeply invested in the MD-PhD program and truly wants each one of us to succeed so that we can help as many patients as possible. He constantly reminds us why we are pursuing this career: to ultimately improve the lives of patients and their families.

As MD-PhD scholars, we would be deeply disappointed if Skip were no longer a part of this program. His departure would be a major loss for the MD-PhD program, and translate to the loss of a great mentor and friend for many of us. Please rehire Skip Harris as part of the MD-PhD leadership that we so greatly respect and depend upon.

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