Monday, October 12, 2015
UCF Partners with Hospital Corporation to Bring New Medical Residencies to Florida
Hospital Corporation of America (including North Florida Regional Medical Center) and the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, which established an internal medicine residency with the Orlando VA and Osceola Regional Medical Centers in 2013, are expanding their partnership to create more than 550 residency slots in hospitals across northern Florida. Some of the communities that will see new residents in training include Orlando, Gainesville and Ocala.
The new residencies will help fill a state and national need, and will also help address the doctor shortage in the Sunshine state. The doctor shortage impacts patients, which often must wait weeks to see doctors.
There are not enough residency slots in the nation for the number of medical school graduates each year, said Dr. Deborah German, UCF's vice president for medical affairs and founding dean of the College of Medicine. While 97 percent of UCF's medical school graduates find residencies, many qualified students do not simply because there are not enough spots, she said. After last year's residency match, more than 600 U.S. medical school seniors were left without residency positions – effectively meaning they could not practice medicine after graduating with their M.D. degrees.