Medical Graduates to Care for Veterans of New FIU Residency Training Program | News from the FIU


Florida International University (FIU) Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) will launch a primary care internal medicine training program at the Miami VA Healthcare System.

It will be the only medical residency program in Florida to benefit veterans by using a veterans health facility as their primary training site. Residents will also be trained at Jackson Memorial Hospital and other sites under development. The program, which is due to start on July 1, 2022, recently received approval from the Accreditation Council for Higher Medical Education.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for the FIU to serve those who have served us,” said Kenneth G. Furton, Executive Vice President and Vice President of the FIU. “Graduates of this program will be uniquely prepared to deal with the complex medical issues that veterans face after returning to civilian life, including post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and chronic pain. “

In addition to new doctors graduating from HWCOM, the program is also expected to attract qualified doctors from across the country. The new CRF / Miami VA residency program has been approved to participate in the National Resident Matching Program, which culminates on match day (March 18, 2022) when graduate medical students are “matched” with residency programs at the nationwide. Residences provide graduates of medical schools with in-depth training in a specific specialty in a hospital or clinic.

This residency training program is also expected to benefit the South Florida community by attracting more physicians to the area amid a growing national physician shortage, particularly in primary care.

“Studies show that the majority of young physicians decide to practice close to where they perform their residency,” said Dr. Juan Cendan, Acting Dean of Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. “We expect that many of the doctors we train will stay in South Florida.”

The three-year graduate medical school program has already started recruiting its first class of six residents.

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