South Florida Hospital News
Thursday September 24, 2020
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September 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 3
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Broward Health Expands GME Program

Broward Health has expanded its Graduate Medical Education (GME) to provide additional training programs for physicians and further enhance care for the community. In late June, Broward Health welcomed about 60 residents representing 10 specialties into its GME program.

“Over the next five years, we are developing multiple physician training programs that will allow our residents to rotate to all four hospitals and through Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital,” said Patricia Rowe-King, M.D., a pediatrician and director of Broward Health’s residency program.
 
Broward Health Medical Center was the first statutory teaching hospital in Broward County. Fast forward almost 30 years to today and Broward Health’s accredited GME program includes rotations at Broward Health North, Broward Health Imperial Point, Broward Health Coral Springs and Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital. The additional primary training programs will be at Broward Health North for emergency medicine and internal medicine and Broward Health Imperial Point, where a psychiatry program will be developed.
 
“As a safety net healthcare system, our charter is to take care of the community,” said Rowe-King. “In order to care for our community appropriately, we need to train physicians to not only deliver evidence-based comprehensive care, but to also help patients have increased access to specialty care.”
 
Broward Health’s bolstered GME program is part of preparations being made by system leaders for the physician deficit that is projected to happen in about 10 to 15 years.
 
“As we transition to an academic hospital at Broward Health North, Broward Health’s Graduate Medical Education general surgery residency allows us to help fill the physician shortage and the critical need that we have for doctors in the state and locally,” said Keith Foster, M.D., Broward Health North’s chief medical officer. “We are teaching a new generation of physicians how to provide world-class healthcare.”
 
“Our residents are paired with highly trained physicians who then instruct and mentor them,” said Rowe-King. “The resident physicians work alongside our faculty members and participate in workshops and other professional development.”
 
Since joining the system on July 1, the residents have received extensive experience.
 
“My first week was amazing,” said Eric Tong, M.D., a first-year postgraduate resident at Broward Health North. “Not only do I get to work with such dedicated and kind co-workers, but I also get to learn with the best surgeons. It has been a dream to watch patients' lives improve after their surgeries.” 
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