Spring 2021 MHP Newsletter


Letter From the Directors

Dear MHP Alumni,

We hope this note finds you well. So here in Gainesville, we just completed the entire 2020-2021 academic year under a once in a century pandemic. With the exception of the MHP Orientation in August of 2020, the entire MHP class was never together at one time.  Despite this, courses, research, and service went on as best they could. In this issue of the MHP Newsletter, you’ll read about how some students spent their MHP year and along the way, gained a newfound sense of grit…

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Interview with Doctor Lifeline Founder, Dr. Steven Reid

The Medical Honors Program (MHP) promotes collaboration and mentorship between MHP alumni and current students. It was our honor to talk to MHP alumnus, Dr. Steven Reid, and learn about his non-profit organization called, Doctor Lifeline. Dr. Reid was a part of the Junior Honors Medical Program (JHMP) and graduated from the UF College…

Doctor Lifeline

It’s “Grit” to be a Florida Gator

What is grit? Grit is a word that has seen many arenas. It has been tossed around in the sports, business, and academic worlds to describe the most successful individuals.  “Grit” seems to have become synonymous with determination. While determination plays a big role in grit, it does not encompass the whole essence of the word. Angela Duckworth…

Grit Book Cover

Giving Back in Innovative Ways

Amidst the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, students worldwide have struggled to volunteer in their communities and their communities have felt the repercussions of this lack of service. Despite the difficulties of volunteering during this pandemic however, our MHP students have come up with innovative ways…

Child Advocacy Center

MHP 2020-2021 Application Season at a Glance


This year’s MHP application season received a generous amount of qualified and eager applicants, despite the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, we received a record number 194 completed applications and 42 prospective students were selected for interview. The three interview days were spread out over March and April 2021, and the applicants spent their entire day interviewing… Read More→

Contact Us!

Graduating over 500+ alumni since its creation in 1972, the MHP would love to hear from you about your stories and achievements. If you are interested in giving back read more below about how you can leave your legacy today.

Medical Honors Program Fund: An MHP fund has been established via the UF Foundation. 100% of all contributions will go directly to the program and advance the mission of the MHP via investments in program development, scholarship, leadership, research, innovation, and education. With your generous support, we look forward to the continued positive impact that our students have in the betterment of healthcare, both locally and globally. All donations are fully tax deductible. To give, please click here.

MHP Contact Information: Do you have any questions, comments, stories etc. about the MHP? If so, we would love to hear from you. Please consider adding your bio to our alumni highlights! Current bios can be found  here.

To add your bio, please email Dr. Sayeski or Danielle.

Peter P. Sayeski, Ph.D.

Director, Medical Honors Program

TEL: 352-392-1816

EMAIL: psayeski@ufl.edu

Danielle L. Thomas, M.Ed

Assistant Director, Medical Honors Program

TEL: 352-273-7990

EMAIL: dthomas7@ufl.edu