Cardiology, Hematology/Oncology, and Emergency Medicine Added to GME Specialties
 
June 8 2020 – Memorial Healthcare System’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) program, which provides advanced training in much-needed medical specialties, has been accredited for three more programs, including its first two fellowships. 
 
The fellowships, in cardiology and hematology/oncology, will begin teaching physicians in 2021. A residency program in emergency medicine will also begin training next year, with all three programs recently certified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the organization responsible for accrediting medical teaching programs for doctors in the United States. With the additions, Memorial now has 13 programs under its GME umbrella, many of them in areas the State of Florida is determined will likely have a shortage of specialists in the years to come. 
 
“The population of our state is growing and aging, so it’s critical we educate physicians in specialties that Floridians will require,” said Dr. Saima Chaudhry, Memorial Healthcare System’s chief academic officer. “We’ve become an academic medical center and are positioned to have nearly 300 doctors training in our hospitals by 2023.”
 
While the GME program also includes classroom instruction, much of the teaching is done on-the-job at Memorial’s six hospitals in South Broward. The first class of emergency medicine residents, for example, will begin working next summer in emergency rooms that collectively log more than 200,000 patient visits each year.
 
Residents in anesthesia and OB/GYN will begin their post-medical school educations in July. They’ll join doctors already at various stages of training in neurology, psychiatry, general surgery, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, internal medicine, podiatry, and pharmacy. 
 
Chaudhry says these doctors are coming of age at a unique time in the history of the medical profession. “Some of our residents are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, not only at hospitals, but also doing research and working at the C.B. Smith Park testing site. They’re getting crisis-level training in population health that will better equip them for challenges they’ll no doubt face treating patients for the next 30 years.” 
 
Memorial Healthcare System is one of the largest public healthcare systems in the U.S. and a national leader in quality care and patient satisfaction. It is highly regarded for a patient and family-centered approach at facilities that include Memorial Regional Hospital, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Hospital South, Memorial Hospital West, Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center in Wellington, and Memorial Manor nursing home. 
 
Among the many awards and recognition it has earned are Modern Healthcare magazine’s “Best Place to Work in Healthcare,” Florida Trend’s “Florida’s Best Companies to Work For,” and Becker’s Hospital Review’s “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare.” In a recent report (“Humanizing Brand Experience”), the Denver-based consulting firm Monigle named Memorial the top health system brand in America, based on consumer surveys.