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News and briefs: Florida consortium to address physician shortage

Residency Program Insider, December 20, 2011

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Florida Atlantic University's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine is establishing a graduate medical education consortium to expand residency training in the region.

A recent article from American Medical News says five hospitals in the southeastern Florida area will become the 15th such national partnership with an aim of using resources more efficiently. A major goal of the Florida-based consortium is to address a regional physician shortage. AAMC ranks Florida 45th in allopathic residency positions per 100,000 people.

Officials at the college project the consortium will create 250-350 residency positions over the next few years. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is listed as the official primary teaching site for internal medicine and general surgery residency programs.

"This is a good example of how a group of hospitals can overcome their parochial and competitive interests to serve the good of their patients and communities," says Michael Friedland, MD, the college's dean and vice president for medical education programs. "No one hospital could do it alone. It is a matter of working together to reach the volumes we need."

Friedland says funding for residency positions will come from Medicare GME and the hospitals. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is scheduled to finish its current accreditation process in two to three years.



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