FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (July 1, 2015) - Holy Cross Hospital and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine welcomed the non-profit hospital's first class of medical residents with a traditional white coat ceremony Wednesday. The time-honored tradition symbolized the new doctors' transition from medical school into clinical care and the practice of medicine.
The internal medicine residency program, the first of its kind for Holy Cross, was accredited by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in September.
“We had 1,300 students apply for 18 first-year residency spots," said Holy Cross Hospital President and CEO Patrick A. Taylor, M.D. "The internal medicine residency program is a promising yet competitive prospect for many aspiring medical professionals in Broward County.”
As a result of a significant increase of medical specialists, Holy Cross and the University of Miami created the program to train residents in primary care and prepare them for the changing healthcare environment - specifically, a monumental shift towards ambulatory medical care.
In addition to rotations at Holy Cross Hospital, the new residents also will be training in ambulatory settings. They will be practicing primary care under the supervision of board-certified physicians at Broward Community and Family Health Centers, a non-profit organization that provides treatment to underinsured and uninsured individuals and families throughout Broward County, and at Holy Cross Medical Group Primary Care offices, also in Broward. Residents also will volunteer at Light of the World Community Clinic, a local nonprofit clinic established in 1989 by the late Dr. Erwin Vasquez to provide free medical care to impoverished patients.
"Our residency program teaches that community service is an inherent part of being a physician," Taylor said.
Holy Cross also is preparing to launch residency programs in emergency medicine and surgery, as well as fellowships in cardiology, sports medicine, and hematology-oncology, in the next five years. The hospital's goal is to have 100 residents and fellows in a variety of specialties within the next five years.
To accommodate the new residents, Holy Cross constructed a new, state-of-the-art residents’ lounge that features two work rooms, a common area, and sleeping quarters.
For more information about the internal medicine residency program, visit UMMedicineAtHolyCross.com or call (954) 938-3359.