Senator Sachs discussing the priorities of FAU in her Capitol office during the legislative session with President John Kelly, Chair of the Board of Trustees Anthony Barbar & Assistant Vice President of University Relations Pamela Landi

Senator Sachs discussing the priorities of FAU in her Capitol office during the legislative session with President John Kelly, Chair of the Board of Trustees Anthony Barbar & Assistant Vice President of University Relations Pamela Landi

 

After many years in the making, the Medical School at FAU opened its doors in August 2011.  Throughout her time in office, Senator Sachs continually fought for funding for both the school and associated residency programs.  Now, three South Florida hospitals for the first time will get dozens of new doctors in training, as Florida Atlantic University debuts its new physician residency program.


The 36 recent medical school graduates are expected to help ease a resident shortage and an anticipated physician shortage in the coming years. These young doctors, as well as their supervising faculty, will help transform three community hospitals – Boca Raton Regional Medical Center, Delray Medical Center and Bethesda East – into academic teaching hospitals.
 
Within three years, the number of physicians in FAU’s new internal medicine residency program is expected to grow to 96. The university hopes to have 400 within five years, serving at the three hospitals as well as St. Mary’s Medical Center and West Boca Medical Center.
 
Where a physician conducts a residency tends to be the biggest predictor of where physicians eventually settle. This program will make that place right  here in South Florida.