The UCF College of Medicine gets M.D. students into the community by working with our medical partners. The following partners will allow our students to begin experiencing the satisfaction of applying their passions beginning the first day of school. From honoring and serving veterans to healing children in need to working in faith-based environments, Central Florida is ideal environment for medical students.

Orlando Health

Citing medical education as part of its core mission, Orlando Health (OH) is dedicated to partnering with us. The OH shares our goals of developing unique approaches and solutions to healthcare issues through innovative research and fresh teaching methods. One of Florida’s most comprehensive, not-for-profit healthcare networks, OH features state-of-the-art facilities, highly qualified staff, and a commitment to advancing medicine through cutting-edge medical treatments and procedures. Comprised of nine hospitals, the 1,780 bed system treats nearly two million residents and 4,500 national and international patients. OH also engages in groundbreaking special treatment programs, including the nation’s fourth-largest NICU, high-risk pregnancy, stroke, neurology, orthopedics, memory disorder, epilepsy, brain surgery, radiation-oncology and gynecologic-oncology.

The Orlando Regional Medical Center boasts a level-one trauma center with its own Air Care Team. Involved in seven ACGME-accredited residency programs, medical education is one of the OH’s most important enterprises.

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Florida Hospitals Network

According to US News and World Report, the Florida Hospitals Network is one of “America’s Best Hospitals.” The largest, not-for-profit Protestant healthcare organization in the nation, Florida Hospitals Network (FHN) is dedicated to extending the healing ministry of Christ through a commitment to the whole patient: physically, mentally, and spiritually. FHN currently has more than 44,000 employees, 38 hospitals in 10 states, a total of 6,200 beds, and a wide range of fellowship and residency opportunities. Designated as a National Research Corporation Consumer Choice hospital, FHN advances medical knowledge while emphasizing medical service through comfort, empathy, and sound advice.

Seeing almost one million patients a year, FHN is ranked first in the nation for inpatient admissions and is ranked nationally in Heart and Heart Surgery, Orthopedics, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Gynecology (including reproductive cancers), Urology, Digestive Disorders, Hormonal Disorders (including Diabetes and Thyroid), Kidney Disease, and ENT. Of special note are FHN’s facilities and resources for residents in preventative care, clinical pharmacology and human behavior, immersing you in a environment that promotes ethical ideals and medical advancement.

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Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Central Florida is home to nearly 400,000 veterans, 90,000 of whom are seen at the current Orlando VA Medical Center every year. Comprised of a Nursing Home Care Unit, the Domiciliary and Rehabilitation Program, the Viera and Daytona outpatient clinics, and three Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Leesburg, Kissimmee, and Sanford, the VA Center provides a wide range of services to veterans throughout the region. Striving to honor veterans by providing exceptional healthcare, the VA Center has proposed a new, $560 million 134-bed hospital to join us in the medical city. As our neighbor and partner, the VA Medical Center will be a resource for patient care and research and a rich opportunity for exposure to health and public affairs through its veteran’s benefits office.

The Orlando VA Medical Center’s partnership with the UCF College of Medicine is shared through our partnerships with the Orlando Regional Medical Center and the Florida Hospital Network. As a teaching hospital, the center will be a state-of-the-art environment that will provide a full range of services and educational opportunities while also fostering a philosophy of medical service as an empathetic enterprise.

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Nemours Children’s Hospital

One of the nation’s largest health systems dedicated to children, Nemours cares for more than 250,000 children a year through the generosity of the DuPont legacy. Expanding to Orlando two years ago through the Nemours Children’s Clinic, plans are now in motion to join the community of partners at the medical city through a health campus that includes a state-of-the-art children’s hospital. Already making strides in cancer detection and therapy, eye disorders, robotic surgery, and medical engineering, the hospital is not only dedicated to educating doctors and to research, but to educating children about their own health through their groundbreaking program KidsHealth, the world’s most-visited website dedicated to the health of children.

With a focus on pediatric medical care, research and advocacy, Nemours Children’s Hospital is a growing force in the care of children. Joining their community partners at the medical city, Nemours Children’s Hospital offers you dynamic pediatric services, including areas such as neonatology, critical care, rheumatology, gastroenterology, allergy, and emergency medicine. As a student at the UCF College of Medicine, you will have access to one of the most acclaimed pediatric hospitals in the nation.

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