Community Service

There are many opportunities to give back to the local community during your time as a Fellow at UF Health Shands Hospital!

Alachua County Heart Walk

In the fall, the hospital raises money for the Alachua County Heart Walk.  Each year, UF Health Shands is one of the top company fundraisers in the community. Fellows have the opportunity to participate in fundraising events such as the UF Health Carnival Kickoff for the Heart Walk and can participate in the walk themselves. For more info, visit

United Way of North Central Florida

UF Health Shands Hospital also has a strong commitment to the United Way of North Central Florida (UWNCF). UWNCF is relied upon to help fund critical community-based programs that assist families and individuals to become financially stable, encourage education and learning, and promote health and wellness. Each fall, UF Health Shands runs a United Way Campaign for employees to donate and 100% of the money raised through the campaign stays in North Central Florida. For more information, visit

March of Dimes

In the spring, UF Health Shands raises money for the local March of Dimes. In the past, Fellows have participated in fundraising events such as Hops for Hope and the annual March for Babies event. For more information, visit

These are just a few of the many ways that UF Health Shands Hospital gives back to the local, Gainesville community.

Other Charities

“The UF Health Shands administrative residency far exceeded the expectations I had upon entering the role. The exposure to senior leadership, degree of responsibility, and overall experiences with which I had been presented were quite astounding and prompted both higher level learning and extensive development, professionally and beyond. Each day in the residency carried great value, which I can confidently say I will carry with me throughout my career in healthcare. I feel extremely grateful to have been an administrative resident for such an exceptional organization and am proud to say it has transformed me into a lifelong learner.” -Erica Barnum, Administrative Resident 2016-2017

Past events

March of Dimes
Gainesville Soccer Alliance
Gainesville Soccer Alliance
Halloween Trick or Treating Event
National Hospital Week
Alachua County Heart Walk
Kevin, Cameron, & Joanna at the Ronald McDonald House Red Shoe Event
2014 Ronald McDonald House Build a House for the House Event
Kellie, Claire, Joanna, & Cameron at the 2014 Ronald McDonald House Build a House for the House Event
Kevin, Claire, Taylor, Laura, Meaghan, Tyler, & Austin at the 2015 American Heart Association Heart Walk
2015 Ronald McDonald House Build a House for the House Event
Bo, Claire, Venessa, Erica, & Clara with Albert and Alberta at the 2016 American Heart Association Heart Walk
Mari, Kelsey, Kristin and others at the 2021 Ronald McDonald Build a House Event
Hops for Hope
Michelle, Nicole, Jackie, Natalie, & Alyssa volunteering for the 2018 March of Dimes Hops for Hope event
2017 Heart Walk
Michelle & Nicole at the 2017 Alachua County Heart Walk
Relay for Life
Michelle, Nichole, & Erica at the 2018 Relay for Life
Dan, Mary Kate, & Britta at the 2018 Fellowship Fair
Heart Walk Carnival
Kelsey volunteering with Medical ICU staff at the 2019 Heart Walk Kickoff event