Citrus Memorial Hospital April 20, 2018

Citrus Memorial Hospital recently announced it will open a graduate medical education program in early July 2018. It will be recognized as Citrus County's first graduate medical education program. The three-year program, which has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, will begin with 15 Internal Medicine residents.

"The goal of our residency program is to prepare residents to excel in their chosen careers," said Program Director Dr. Jeff Jordan. "This is achieved by providing 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 program will also be a boon for Citrus County. According to Citrus Memorial Chief Medical Officer Dr. Raylene Platel, medical residents will allow for more physicians in the hospital to provide patient care. "Interns, residents and attending physicians will work as a team to ensure our patients get the best care possible," she said. "Interns and residents will examine their patients every day; they'll review medical information and discuss treatment plans during rounds with the attending physicians."

"This represents a major breakthrough for CMH and Citrus County. Our medical staff faculty is very excited about being part of a teaching program," added Citrus Memorial CEO Ralph Aleman. "Our hope is that medical residents who complete their training at Citrus Memorial Hospital decide to stay in Citrus County and hang a shingle."

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 program anticipates a total of 300 incoming residents and fellows for the 2018-2019 academic year, which begins July 1. 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).