HUDSON — Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point will start an internal medicine residency program, with its first group of residents arriving next July.
The hospital at 14000 Fivay Road in Hudson has received approval from American Osteopathic Association to launch the program.
“Our program will be dedicated to providing the highest quality graduate medical education for those who come to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point from the nation's medical schools,” Regional CEO Shayne George said in a press release.
“We are excited and honored to extend this opportunity to participate in our post-graduate medical education program,” George added.
Plans call for the addition of allopathic graduate medical education programs in general surgery and internal medicine in 2015, he noted. Allopathic refers to traditional medical treatments, as opposed to homeopathic, or alternative, forms of therapy.
“There is an added benefit to our community because graduates are inclined to remain in the community where they have completed their residencies,” George said.
Studies show that about 60 percent of physicians practice where they complete their residency.
This is the hospital's first step in developing graduate medical education residency programs, Regional spokesmen say. The hospital continues to expand its tertiary and specialty programs.
According to the Florida Department of Health, there is a critical statewide need for physicians. The expansion of GME programs, such as the Regional Medcial Center initiative, can help alleviate these shortages, hospital officials stressed.
In operation since 1981, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is a 290-bed acute care hospital and home of the Heart Institute.
The hospital, operated by Nashville-based HCA, employs more than 350 physicians and 900 employees and has some 500 volunteers.
For more information go online to www.rmchealth.com or www.heartoftampa.com or the hospital's Facebook page.