Several thousand people visited the College of Medicine’s Community Open House in October to get a rare, behind-the-scenes look at where UCF is training the next generation of doctors. (9 photos total)

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    1The UCF College of Medicine was established in 2006 by the Florida Legislature and the Florida Board of Governors to address the growing physician shortage nationwide and provide economic benefits to Central Florida and the state.

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    2The Orlando Repertory Theatre’s Power Chords singing ensemble performed and “The Big Red Bus” from Florida’s Blood Centers was on hand for people wishing to donate blood.

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    4“The Open House was delightful,” said Dr. Deborah German, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine. “It was a wonderful opportunity for the community to see the medical school that belongs to us all.”

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    5The college currently includes an M.D. program and undergraduate and advanced degree programs in biomedical sciences at its Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences.

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    7Central Florida residents took tours of the college’s high-tech classrooms, labs and library, and enjoyed sports on the Tavistock Green.

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    8Other open house events included interactive educational experiences, bounce houses for children, soccer, caricature artists and animal balloon crafters.

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    9The UCF cheerleaders and Knightro were on hand and the City of Orlando Fire Department brought a fire engine for children to enjoy.