Get to Know Daphna Yasova Barbeau

Daphna Yasova Barbeau is a second-year pediatrics resident and will serve as co-chief resident in 2015.

1. When and how did you decide to enter pediatrics?

I think I have always known I would end up in pediatrics. All of my training just confirmed how much I love working with kids.

2. What has been the most rewarding aspect of residency?

Working with children and families continues to inspire me. I am so proud and humbled by the brave families I get to work with every day. Working with sick children has taught me so much about myself —  it's a constant reminder that every day is a gift to be cherished...


Dairy Queen Gives Back

On Friday, Aug. 15, Dairy Queen presented Children’s Miracle Network at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital a check for $200,000.

UF Health Shands Children’s hospital received a significant gift from Dairy Queen this month, thanks to the fund raising efforts of many DQ franchisees. At their annual conference earlier this year, the store owners raised more than $400,000 through silent and live auctions, which will be divided between two Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. This year, raffle winners Robert and Janet Wesch, who own four Dairy Queen locations in West Palm Beach, Florida, nominated UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital as a recipient. The check presentation featured remarks from Ed Jimenez, interim chief executive officer of UF Health Shands; Scott Rivkees, MD, Chairman of Department of Pediatrics at the UF College of Medicine; John Gainor, president and chief executive officer of International Dairy Queen; and Robert Wesch, Dairy Queen operator.

Pictured left to right: Erica Wesch; Ottie Wesch; Ed Jimenez, UF Health Shands interim CEO; Nate Ferrell, CMN ambassador child; Dr. Scott Rivkees, Chairman of Department of Pediatrics; John Gainor, president and CEO of International Dairy Queen; and Dairy Queen operators Robert and Janet Wesch


Miracle Jeans Day - September 10

Since 2009, Miracle Jeans Day has encouraged groups and individuals alike to trade their traditional work attire for jeans and help raise funds for kids treated at their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Since its beginning, Miracle Jeans Day has raised more than $2 million to help fund livesaving medical needs in Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

 One in 10 kids in North America is treated at a Children's Miracle Network Hospital each year. Every single day, nearly 16,000 children visit the emergency rooms of our 170 member hospitals. Wearing jeans may lead to a more comfortable day in the office for you, but on Miracle Jeans Day it also generates hope for families relying on the services of a CMN Hospital. A simple $5 donation could supply 10 diapers for a premature baby. A $25 donation could provide five baby blankets. Best of all — your donation stays local to help kids in your area.

 There are multiple ways that you can participate in Miracle Jeans Day. Whether you'd like to donate through merchandise, create an online fundraising page, or participate offline, all of the funds raised will be donated to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

But Miracle Jeans Day shouldn’t end with you; the more people you recruit for your team — the more lives we can save.


ChORD Half Marathon & 5K

TheThe ChORD Half Marathon/5K will support the Division of Genetics and Metabolism. Funds raised from the half marathon/5K will directly benefit the areas of greatest need, including nutrition education, low-protein cooking demonstrations, sibling meet-and-greet events, and scholarships for metabolic camps.

The race will be held on Saturday, September 20 and will start/finish at the UF Cultural Plaza Parking Lot.

Packet pick-up will be held on Friday, September 19, from 4-8 p.m. at Fit2Run, located at the Oaks Mall. You may also pick up your packet the morning of the race, beginning at 6 a.m.

Click here for additional event details.


Back to School

Returning to school after a long summer break can generate anxiety and stress among students – and parents. By covering the health basics early in the school year, you can ease the transition and ensure your children stay healthy.

• Update any changes to your child’s emergency contact list. Make sure the contacts are arranged in the order they are to be called. Also, include your child’s pediatrician and dentist on the list.

• Consult your pediatrician or department of health to make sure your child is properly vaccinated...

Child About To Get An Injection

Immunizations 101

Vaccinating your children is one of the most important things you can do to protect their health. In fact, immunization can be credited with saving approximately 9 million lives a year worldwide, according to UNICEF. While there’s no way to make the process completely pain-free, there are some steps you can take to make the process a little easier.

Before Immunizations

• Prepare your child ahead of time to help calm their nerves. If you have an infant, try breastfeeding or skin-to-skin contact.

• If your child is older, explain to them that shots might hurt at first but only for a short time. Explain that shots are important to keep them strong and healthy...