Delray Medical Center Welcomes New Class of Internal Medicine ResidentsApr 23, 2015
"Through this program, we focus on molding our residents into highly skilled, dedicated physicians who can utilize their newfound knowledge to prosper in their field of choice," said CEO Mark Bryan. "As a teaching hospital, we provide our residents with a supportive environment that will ultimately enhance healthcare services in the community.
Each month, seven residents rotate through Delray Medical Center’s various services of internal medicine, including emergency medicine, infectious diseases, radiology and physical medicine and rehabilitation. This is based on core requirements for the specialty, in addition to the residents’ chosen electives. The remaining physicians are assigned to two other participating hospitals in the area.
After the year has ended, each class will then begin an entirely new rotation cycle, focusing on specialty areas in medicine. For instance, residents from the inaugural class of 2014 will now start rotating as second year residents at Delray Medical Center in areas including cardiology, neurology and gastroenterology.
All medical residents are fully trained physicians (MD or DO) and hold licenses from the state of Florida. They may complete histories and physicals, write orders, prescribe medications and perform procedures under the supervision of their responsible attending physician. At discharge, for those patients who do not have a personal physician, the residents may follow them in their continuity clinics.
Residents from Delray Medical Center and the two other hospitals in the program will participate in a daily morning report, as well as a noon time conference, as part of their training program. The lectures and case presentations will be broadcasted live to the three hospitals so that residents assigned to each hospital will share in a uniform training experience.
The internal medicine residency will bring in a total of 96 physicians after three years and this is only the beginning of much more to come. Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, along with its partnering hospitals, is planning to launch a general surgery residency program and emergency medicine in 2016, with future plans for obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics, physical medicine/rehab and psychiatry.