Citrus Memorial Hospital
July 02, 2018

Fifteen physicians from across the country received long white coats at Citrus Memorial Hospital’s inaugural resident White Coat Ceremony, formally marking the start of their new role as clinicians. The 15 Internal Medicine residents were honored during the ceremony in front of their families and mentors. Citrus Memorial Hospital’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) program received hundreds of applications for only 15 spots. Orientation began on June 27 and the residency program officially began on July 1.

The Citrus Memorial Hospital GME Class of 2021 includes:

  • Alina Babar, MD
  • Andrew Barnes, DO
  • James Craig, MD
  • Grace DeHoff, DO
  • Michael del Junco, MD
  • Leonard Hamera, MD
  • Roshni Hira, MD
  • Sheldon Hoxie, MD
  • Linda Klumpp, MD
  • Jacob Noveck, MD
  • Amar Patel, MD
  • Andrew San Antonio, MD
  • Rony Shah, MD
  • Minh Tran, MD
  • Samantha Williams, MD

Recognized as Citrus County’s first graduate medical education program, Citrus Memorial Hospital’s three-year program aims to provide a diverse clinical experience, comprehensive competency-based curriculum, knowledgeable and enthusiastic faculty and a supportive learning environment. By creating a learning environment that combines the best of real-world experience and evidence-based medicine, Citrus Memorial faculty will foster the residents’ development into independent practitioners who can deliver quality, cost-effective, patient centered care. Additionally, the faculty will serve as mentors, meeting with residents regularly to review progress and to assist residents in achieving individual goals.

The graduate medical residency program at Citrus Memorial Hospital is part of a larger GME consortium between USF Health and HCA Florida that was launched in November 2017. The consortium was developed to address Florida’s physician shortage by expanding the number of residency positions available in the area. There are more than 400 residents currently training in HCA West Florida’s residency programs across the Tampa Bay region, with plans to grow its training programs to more than 900 residents over the next five years. The seven other HCA West Florida hospitals with residency programs include: Blake Medical Center (Manatee County); Brandon Regional Hospital (Hillsborough County); Largo Medical Center, Northside Hospital, and St. Petersburg General Hospital (Pinellas County); Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point (Pasco County); and Oak Hill Hospital (Hernando County).