Flagler Hospital announced today that the hospital has entered into partnership with the University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Medicine. The goal of this partnership is to enhance the quality and diversity of the medical student experience and also expose future physicians to the St. Augustine medical community.
Beginning May 19th, select students from the UCF College of Medicine will complete a portion of their third year clerkship at Flagler Hospital. Students will be precepted by health care providers affiliated with Flagler Hospital in the following areas of medicine: Family Medicine and Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, General Surgery, Anesthesia, Orthopedics, Plastic Surgery and Urology.
"We are excited to contribute to the UCF College of Medicine student experience, while always ensuring patient care and safety is our top priority," commented Flagler Hospital President & CEO Joe Gordy. "We look forward to this collaboration furthering our mission of providing the best patient experience with the best staff by building positive relationships that may enhance our medical community in the future."
Through the clerkship, patients will be treated by their healthcare provider; and, with their permission, a student may be present to observe the appointment or procedure. Further, with the patient's permission and direct supervision from their healthcare provider, a student may assist with simple procedures. If at any time a patient prefers a student not be present, the patient's request will be honored.
About the UCF College of Medicine:
Established in 2006, the UCF College of Medicine is one of the first U.S. medical schools in decades to be built from the ground up. As a new medical school, UCF's program epitomizes innovation, high-tech learning tools and a pioneering spirit to educate young doctors and scientists in a new and better way for the 21st century. In 2014, the M.D. program enrolled its sixth class, and its second at full enrollment of 120 students. That means enrollment has increased 10-fold in just five years. By the 2016-2017 school year, the college will be educating 480 physicians-in-training a year.
The UCF College of Medicine is a forward-looking medical school with a culture based on partnerships and collaboration. The college's medical and biomedical programs capitalize on UCF's existing strengths in biological sciences, modeling and simulation, engineering, optics and photonics, psychology, chemistry, film and digital media, business, and nursing. The college is an integral part of the growing medical city at Lake Nona. The UCF Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona now includes the medical school's new 170,000-square-foot medical education facility, featuring the latest in lab and classroom technology, as well as its new 198,000-square-foot Burnett Biomedical Sciences building.