UCF is pleased to work with the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and the Orlando VA Medical Center to sponsor residency programs accredited by the ACGME.
In October, 2015 UCF announced a residency consortium with HCA North Florida Division that will add up to 550 residency and fellowship spots in Orlando, Gainesville and Ocala. HCA is the nation’s largest hospital network. The consortium has transferred all ACGME-accredited programs to consortium sponsorship, including the obstetrics/gynecology residency that began as an osteopathic residency at Osceola Regional Medical Center. Newly accredited programs including general surgery, psychiatry and transitional year are now welcoming applicants. Several other residency programs and fellowship programs including neurology and endocrinology have been submitted for approval and others are in developmental stages.
The college’s first residency program – in internal medicine – began in 2013 in partnership with the Orlando VA and Osceola Regional medical centers. The three-year program has 53 residents and 3 chief residents as of July 2016. The internal medicine programs in Ocala and Gainesville (North Florida Regional Medical Center) have 20 and 15 residents respectively, while the Gainesville family medicine residency has 17 residents. Nine obstetrics/gynecology residents and 7 emergency medicine residents are also based in the greater Orlando area.
The new residencies help fill a state and national need, and will also help address the doctor shortage in Florida. The doctor shortage impacts patients, who often must wait weeks to see a physician. 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 UCF 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. More than 600 U.S. medical school seniors have been left without residency positions in recent years – effectively meaning they could not practice medicine after graduating with their M.D. degrees.
“We know that where a resident completes his or her program is usually where they decide to stay and work,” Dr. German said. “We are eager to partner with hospitals across our community and state to attract and retain more excellent doctors for Florida residents.”