SARASOTA (June 23, 2017) – Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s first class of resident physicians begin their training July 1, kicking off a graduate medical education (GME) program developed to offset a shortage of physicians and increase access to medical care in the community.
SMH joined forces with Florida State University College of Medicine to create Sarasota County’s first GME program. The first 13 residents arrive next week to begin their specialty training.
Working side-by-side and under the supervision of SMH attending physicians, the residents will care for ill or injured patients in the hospital, as well as provide primary and preventive care to patients in SMH’s new Internal Medicine practice in Newtown, which has been named the Jean & Alfred Goldstein Health Center at Sarasota Memorial Internal Medicine Practice-Newtown, after one of its donors.
“Our overall goal is to train outstanding community physicians who are knowledgeable, skilled and compassionate,” said Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch, MD, FACP, director of the FSU College of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program at Sarasota Memorial.
“But we also hope they will form lasting relationships with the community, put down roots and start their practices here.”
During their three years of training, each new physician rotates through the various subspecialties of Internal Medicine: hospital/inpatient medicine, intensive care, cardiology, pulmonology and geriatrics, to name a few. They also will spend one week each month caring for patients at the Newtown practice.
Training is provided through observation, lectures and medical oversight of attending SMH physicians who serve on the FSU College of Medicine faculty and who will guide the decisions and care provided to all patients. The faculty includes more than 40 Internal Medicine physicians and subspecialists practicing at SMH and in community practice settings.
An important part of the resident physicians’ outpatient training, the Newtown practice will operate like a traditional group physician practice, except that each patient will have two doctors managing their care – the resident physician and supervising attending physician – instead of just one. All of SMH’s attending physicians are board-certified Internal Medicine specialists and experienced members of Sarasota Memorial’s medical staff.
Together, the residents and attending physicians will provide a full range of primary and preventive care, including:
- Physicals, annual exams and adult vaccinations
- Care for chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and thyroid disease
- Care for acute illness, such as the flu, pneumonia and ear infections
- General health, nutrition and medication counseling
After successfully finishing the three-year program, the resident physicians can become licensed as independent practitioners. SMH will accept a new class of internal medicine residents each year, with up to 13 spots available per class. The program is approved to teach up to 39 residents per year.
About the Jean & Alfred Goldstein Health Center at Sarasota Memorial Internal Medicine Practice – Newtown
The Jean & Alfred Goldstein Health Center at Sarasota Memorial Internal Medicine Practice - Newtown is a group physician practice that offers comprehensive, coordinated care to patients 18 and older. Located at 1825 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, the practice is staffed by resident physicians and attending board-certified Internal Medicine physicians on staff at Sarasota Memorial. The resident physicians are medical doctors who have completed medical school and are completing their specialty training in the FSU College of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program at SMH. The practice is open weekdays by appointment, 8:30 am-4:30 pm. It is not a walk-in clinic and does not offer urgent or emergency medical care. Most insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid, is accepted. Free and discounted care is available to uninsured patients on a sliding fee scale based on need. For information or appointments, visit www.smh.com/newtown or call (941) 952-4123.
About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of inpatient, outpatient and extended care services, with more than 900 physicians, 5,000 employees and 900,000 patient visits each year. Sarasota Memorial’s 829-bed acute-care hospital has been recognized consistently as one of the nation’s best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services – from urgent care centers and physician groups, to laboratory and imaging centers, home health, rehabilitation and long-term care.