Ricky McHugh Honored by UF Graduate Medical Education Office

Congratulations to Ricky McHugh, residency/fellowship coordinator II, who has been honored with the 4th Quarter 2021 Program Coordinator Superstar award from the UF Graduate Medical Education Office!

Ricky was nominated by Timothy W. Martin, M.D., M.B.A., FASA, professor of anesthesiology, associate chair for education, and chief of the Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology, and Tammy Bleeker, M.Ed., assistant director of education administration.

Ricky is a pillar in the Anesthesiology Education Office. One of her biggest responsibilities is scheduling 91 residents in operating rooms and other settings around Gainesville, which is a huge, complicated puzzle that leaves no scheduling gaps 24/7 365 days per year. She is creative in how she manages it to ensure all of our learners get the educational experiences they need while balancing their wellness with personal scheduling needs. In addition to scheduling, she also administers the Clinical Competency Committee process, Intern Education Month, two orientations, and a weeklong Basic Skills Bootcamp. She recently stood in the leadership gap as well while a position was vacant within the office.  

All of this is incredible in itself, but what is even better is that she does it all without complaint and with a seemingly inexhaustible fount of creativity to make it all happen. Ricky’s service to our program and our learners is invaluable.

Ricky stood out to the GME office the most during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic as she made time to try to interact with other program coordinators by setting up Jukebox BINGO nights.

“Ricky is innovative, caring, and most of all she is a shining star, who truly shines all the time,” the GME office said in its award letter. “Please don’t stop shining your bright light on all of us.”

Ricky McHugh headshot and congratulations balloons