This year’s UF Homecoming theme is The Road to the Swamp. As part of our Homecoming celebration we’re going to share information about members of our D.M.D. program – for instance, what was their own road to the swamp? Debuting the new profile is Class of 2011’s Jere Gillan.
Why did you decide to become a dentist?
To change people’s lives.
Why did you come to the University of Florida for dental school?
Besides the fact that UF is a great school, I came for the tradition and for the legacy. I wouldn’t get that from any other dental school in Florida.
What were you doing before coming to D.M.D. school?
I was in the Air Force for 11 years. Seven active duty and the rest was Reserve time. I was very involved in both Operation(s) Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. I was an Aircraft Loadmaster and have been to Afghanistan and Iraq countless times, and was actually mortared on the Airfield in Baghdad.
What are your plans after graduation?
I would like to move back to Orlando and also finish my career in the Air Force Reserves as a dentist.
What’s your most favorite part of dental school?
I really have loved the operative courses thus far.
Least favorite part?
Biomaterials, however Dr. Soderholm is an excellent professor.
What talent do you wish you possessed?
Better hand-eye coordination
If you could live anywhere on earth, where would it be?
Dubai. I went there in 2005, and that place is amazing.
Empire of the Sun
A Brave New World
Something no one knows about you?
My life is an open book, but I will share something not many know. I saved a kid from drowning when I was 8.