The University of Central Florida  (UCF) College of Medicine in Orlando will start a new Emergency Medicine residency program in July 2016 and is recruiting several residents to start this summer.

The medical school’s newest graduate medical education (GME) training program is in partnership with Osceola Regional Medical Center and will build to a full complement of 21 trainees in its three-year program.

Residency interviews will be offered competitively to all qualified medical school graduates, adding additional opportunities for medical school graduates in a time when residency training slots have become increasingly competitive in the United States.

The residency program is approved by the national Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The medical school’s first residency program in Internal Medicine is conducted through a partnership with Osceola Regional Medical Center and the Orlando VA Medical Center and will be training 54 residents by July 2016.

“Residency programs are part of the promise that was made to this community and an important element in a medical school that will anchor a medical city,” said Dr. Deborah German, UCF vice president for medical affairs and founding dean of the College of Medicine. “If we have more residencies, we’ll have more trained doctors in our community because many doctors practice where they complete their residency programs.”

Sought-after residencies expose residents to an array of patients presenting a multitude of conditions that give new physicians a greater opportunity to learn and practice. Osceola Regional’s Emergency Department has more than 80,000 patient visits a year and will offer trainees the opportunity to treat both pediatric and adult emergency cases. The medical center is a designated stroke and chest pain center, and has provisional designation as a Level 2 Trauma Center.

For more information about the College of Medicine’s Emergency Medicine residency program, visit https://med.ucf.edu/academics/graduate-medical-program/. Medical students interested in applying to the new program can apply directly, or contact Michelle Stevenson, emergency medicine program coordinator at Osceola Regional, at Michelle.Stevenson@hcahealthcare.com or 321- 697-1748 with any questions.