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SMH/FSU Residency program gets the go-ahead

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Internal Residency Program of the Florida State University (FSU) College of Medicine and Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH), has been approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). 

The accreditation approval clears the way for SMH and FSU to begin reaching out to graduating medical students interested in enrolling in the program.

Dean of FSU College of Medicine, John P. Fogarty, M.D., said this is a culmination of about 10 years of work with the Sarasota campus and with Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

"It's been heavy work over the last two years to put together the application," explained Dr. Fogaty. "And now, we got the good news that we'll be able to start recruiting students next year.

He added that, "We know statistically that residents are more likely to stay and practice within a hundred miles of their residency."

Founding Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch explained the match process that starts this fall will be interviewing fourth-year medical students who are graduating, with the hope that these students will then stay, and take up their residency here in Sarasota.

"In the match, we look for residents that are committed to working with a diverse patient population," Weise-Rometsch said. "We look for outstanding clinical skills. We want our residents to solid, but we will provide training for them to be exceptional physicians, and lastly that they want to take care of the whole patient. Not someone (who) is just writing a note, and not connecting."

Residents are M.D's. they will work under the supervision of FSU and SMH's board-certified physicians and medical educators.

"Now that we are officially accredited," said Weise-Rometsch, "we can go out there to try to attract the best talent and the best fit for our institution."