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HWCOM Recognized for Innovation in Graduate Medical Education

Jan. 26, 2017

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The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the health of the public by advancing the education and training of health professionals, has released its “Innovations in Graduate Medical Education” report for 2016.

The report details the results of six regional conferences held by the Macy Foundation on aligning residency training with changing societal needs, and Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine is prominently featured as an example of how Graduate Medical Education is placing more emphasis on social mission and community engagement as well as creating new partnerships and developing training opportunities in different settings.

On the latter point, the report notes the HWCOM’s partnership with the Citrus Health Network in Hialeah which in 2015 became the first Federally Qualified Health Center to sponsor a residency program (in psychiatry) accredited by the ACGME--Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

“We are very proud of this recognition by the Macy foundation that acknowledges our innovative approach to medical education, including GME,” said Dr. John A. Rock, founding dean and senior vice president for health affairs.

The report also points out that “Florida International University is training both medical students and residents to address health needs in the local community. Family medicine residents, for example, are assigned to follow two South Miami households longitudinally, providing clinical services and support around issues related to the social determinants of health. Residents also may participate in a mobile health center.”