The Housestaff Council was founded in July 2019 to represent Housestaff with regards to education, training, facilities and resources. The council works closely with the UF office of GME and GME Committee, UF School of Medicine and UF Health to promote the interests of the Housestaff at large. Furthermore, the council was created to serve as a forum for Housestaff to discuss concerns and appropriate funding for Gator Bites, social events and resident lounges (including food). Each training program with residents or fellows may have a representative on the Council. Housestaff are nominated in early July, after which elections are held among the Council to nominate the Executive Council.
The Executive Council for the 2021-2022 academic year is:
- Co-Chairs: Meena Nuthi, MD (Psychiatry) and Luis Perez-Mena (Infectious Disease)
- Vice Chair, Wellness: Nita Chen, MD (Neurology, Movement Disorders)
- Vice Chair, Diversity: Lymaries Velez , MD (Psychiatry)
- Vice Chair, Budget/Finance: Shammi Patel, MD (Budget/Finance)
- Vice Chair, Hospital Relations: Andrew Neff, MD (Anesthesia)
- At large representatives: Wells Yang, MD (Radiology) and George Teaford, MD (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
Council meetings are held once a month via Zoom and are open to all Housestaff.
The Council also releases a monthly newsletter, The Grumpy Gator.
Accomplishments of the 2019-2020 Housestaff Council include:
- Establishing direct relationships to hospital and College of Medicine leadership to convey feedback from housestaff
- Revamping Gator Bites based on housestaff feedback
- Improving drink and snack options in the housestaff lounges throughout all 3 towers
- Promoting and hosting housestaff wellness events
- Creation of a hospital-wide consult handbook
- Co-hosting diversity events with College of Medicine student groups