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University of Miami at Holy Cross Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Holy Cross Hospital announced its new residency program with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine at a recent evening reception at the Holy Cross HealthPlex in Fort Lauderdale.

The Internal Medicine Residency Program, which was accredited by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) back in September, opens its doors to residents July 1. The first class of residents were announced on Friday, March 20.

As a result of the significant increase of medical specialists, the residency program was created to train residents in primary care and prepare them for the changing healthcare environment - specifically, a monumental shift towards ambulatory medical care.

“With 1,300 applicants vying for 18 first year residency spots, the Internal Medicine Residency Program is a promising yet competitive prospect for many aspiring medical professionals in Broward County” said Holy Cross Hospital President and CEO Patrick A. Taylor, M.D. “Because of the tremendous interest and sizable pool of great candidates, we plan on accepting an additional class of 12 residents who are in the second year of the three-year program. We intend to grow to a total of 42 residents within three years.”

In addition, the hospital is constructing a new, state-of-the-art residents’ lounge that will feature a study area, common area, and sleeping quarters. The goal is to have 100 residents in a variety of specialties at Holy Cross within the next five years.

The Internal Medicine residents will not only be doing rotations at Holy Cross Hospital, but they also will be training in ambulatory settings. They will be volunteering at Light of the World, a local nonprofit clinic established in 1989 by the late Dr. Erwin Vasquez to provide free medical care to impoverished patients, and at the Broward Community and Family Health Centers, a non-profit organization that provides treatment to underinsured and uninsured individuals and families throughout Broward County. The Holy Cross residency program teaches that community service is an inherent part of being a physician and that healthcare is becoming much more prevalent at ambulatory sites.

To celebrate the formation of the program, representatives from Holy Cross Hospital and the University of Miami recently hosted a reception at the Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center at the Holy Cross Healthplex.

Dr. Taylor and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, chief executive officer of the University of Miami Health System and senior vice president for medical affairs and dean of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, welcomed several distinguished guests who spoke at the event, including Kenneth Homer, M.D., chief medical officer of Holy Cross and medical director of Holy Cross Physicians Partners, and Roy Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of the department of medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

The reception commemorated the success of establishing the innovative new program, the partnership between Holy Cross Hospital and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and the potential for certifying more greatly needed primary care and internal medicine doctors to serve in South Florida.

A part of Trinity Health, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Holy Cross Hospital is a full-service, non-profit Catholic hospital operated in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy. Since opening its doors in 1955, the 557-bed hospital has offered progressive services and programs to meet the evolving healthcare needs of Broward County. Today, Holy Cross has more than 600 physicians on staff representing more than 40 specialties and more than 3,000 employees. To learn more about Holy Cross Hospital, visit holy-cross.com, “like” Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale on Facebook, or follow @holycrossfl on Twitter.