FSU, Lee Memorial Health System announce new residency program
The need for more medical residency programs in Florida isn't likely to ease up any time soon. As we told you a couple weeks ago, it's an issue that education groups across the state are always watching closely. Today the dean of Florida State University's medical school and the chairman of Lee Memorial Health System's board announced a step to try to mitigate the problem a bit -- a new medical residency program that's expected to churn out six new family practice physicians each year.
It'll be the first allopathic residency program south of Tampa/St. Petersburg along Florida’s southwest coast, FSU announced, and will begin taking students in July 2013.
Medical residency programs are primarily funded by Medicare, but because the government in 1997 capped residency slots at that year's numbers, any additional programs have to be paid for by the universities or the hospitals. A breakdown of how much FSU and Lee Memorial will contribute was not immediately available.
There's still a long way to go. As FSU's news release points out, Florida ranks 43rd nationally in the number of residents per 100,000 population, despite being the fourth most-populated state.