Graduate Medical Education: Building the Future of Medicine

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In less than 10 years, it’s estimated that the United States will have a deficit of about 90,000 physicians. While many theories exist about the cause of this problem, our graduate medical education (GME) team at HCA Healthcare is focused on providing a solution. And that solution is a two-pronged approach that begins with opening more residency positions and offering new physicians opportunities to practice in areas of the country where we know there are a needs.

Florida, for example, is forecasted to suffer significantly from the national physician shortage. To address this issue, HCA Healthcare is establishing programs with the goal of becoming the largest provider of residency training in the state by the end of 2018. As one of the largest care providers in Florida, it just makes sense that we support and expand our graduate medical education programs in a place where the need for well-trained physicians intersects with ample career opportunity.

We have plans to build new graduate medical education programs in other states that are facing a physician shortage. Once complete, this will double the size of our programs, making us the largest sponsor of graduate medical education in the United States by far. Our $300 million financial investment in growing our program includes capital investments, facility investments, conference rooms, on-call rooms, and the support required to run thriving graduate medical education programs.

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And while most programs end their investment in their students at graduation, HCA Healthcare is committed to the recruitment and retention of our graduates. Our approach is to provide high-quality clinical training to residents and employ them within our system throughout their careers.

In HCA Healthcare graduate medical education programs, residents can expect an accomplished, active faculty who provide individualized attention. We tailor our curricular offerings to make our residents the best practitioners in their respective fields and use our wealth of expertise and resources to provide residents and fellows with personalized, innovative, and evidence-based training.

HCA Healthcare offers graduate medical education programs at 43 hospitals across the country. Visit here to learn more about our programs.

About HCA Healthcare

HCA Healthcare, one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, is comprised of 183 hospitals and more than 2,300 sites of care, in 20 states and the United Kingdom. Our more than 283,000 colleagues are connected by a single purpose — to give patients healthier tomorrows.

As an enterprise, we recognize the significant responsibility we have as a leading healthcare provider within each of the communities we serve, as well as the opportunity we have to improve the lives of the patients for whom we are entrusted to care. Through the compassion, knowledge and skill of our caregivers, and our ability to leverage our scale and innovative capabilities, HCA Healthcare is in a unique position to play a leading role in the transformation of care.

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