By Wendy Sarubbi | May 28, 2015 3:31 pm

UCF medical students are now training at St. Augustine’s Flagler Hospital, as the College of Medicine establishes clinical partnerships across the state to give physicians-in-training a diversity of learning experiences.

On May 19, College of Medicine students began working at Flagler to complete a portion of their third year clerkships in Family and Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, General Surgery, Anesthesia, Orthopedics, Plastic Surgery and Urology. They are staying in housing generously provided by the hospital.

“We are excited to contribute to the UCF College of Medicine student experience, while always ensuring patient care and safety is our top priority,” said Flagler Hospital President & CEO Joe Gordy.  “We look forward to this collaboration furthering our mission of providing the best patient experience with the best staff, by building positive relationships that may enhance our medical community in the future.”

UCF medical students train at 14 different hospitals and clinics across Florida. Because of the medical school’s partnership with the VA, for example, every UCF student spends part of their training caring for our nation’s heroes. By working in a variety of healthcare settings, students gain valuable experience in different learning environments that have unique operations, protocols and record-keeping systems, said Dr. Deborah German, vice president for medical affairs and dean.

“As the medical school to UCF, America’s Partnership University™, we are founded on a spirit of collaboration,” she said. “We are thrilled that our clinical partners across Florida are providing students with so many unique opportunities to learn. It is through such teamwork that our students will become The Good Doctor.”

Flagler Hospital is a 335 bed, acute care hospital that has consistently ranked among the top hospitals in the nation by leading ratings agencies. The hospital has operated as a not-for-profit healthcare institution in St. Augustine since its founding in 1889. Flagler Hospital’s focus on quality has resulted in numerous national accreditations including, designation as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, ANCC Magnet Status for Nursing Excellence, the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Care Centers, National accreditation for its total hip and total knee replacement programs and accreditation of its Cancer Institute by the Commission on Cancer. To learn more about all of the hospital’s services visit

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