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AdventHealth Welcomes 48 New Doctors to Graduate Programs Across Tampa Bay

AdventHealth Welcomes 48 New Doctors to Graduate Programs Across Tampa Bay
This year, the AdventHealth West Florida Division will welcome 48 new residents into our graduate medical education programs across the Tampa Bay region. (Courtesy: AdventHealth)

By Ciara Perez, News Reporter | iSkyCreations - News & Media (ISC)

Publish Date: June 21st, 2024


TAMPA, Fla. - This afternoon, AdventHealth Welcomes 48 New Doctors to Graduate Programs Across Tampa Bay into its healthcare system with a heartfelt White Coat Ceremony. The event, held from 2 PM to 4 PM at the JW Marriott Tampa Water Street, marked the beginning of these new doctors' post-graduate training, symbolizing their commitment to professionalism and empathy in medicine.


AdventHealth Welcomes 48 New Doctors
During the ceremony, a white coat is placed on each student's shoulders, signifying their entrance into the medical field. (Courtesy: AdventHealth)

The 48 new doctors, fresh out of medical school, are set to train with top experts in various Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs at AdventHealth’s West Florida Hospitals. AdventHealth’s West Florida Division is excited to introduce new tracks, including general surgery and OB/GYN at AdventHealth Tampa, and a Family Medicine Residency Program at AdventHealth Wesley Chapel.


A special part of the ceremony was dedicated to honoring the first graduating class of Family Medicine Residents from AdventHealth Sebring. These seven residents have completed a rigorous three-year program, with many, like Dr. Javier Correa, choosing to continue their journey at AdventHealth Sebring.


AdventHealth Welcomes 48 New Doctors
Dr. Javier Correa is one of the first seven graduates of AdventHealth Sebring's Family Medicine Residency program. He will continue his career as an employed physician at AdventHealth Sebring. (Courtesy: AdventHealth)
"Sebring has really grown on me. I love the community, I love the people," Dr. Correa shared. "The residency has been nothing short of great for me. I think it’s truly like a blessing."

Dr. Correa also highlighted the invaluable relationships he has built with many specialists during his residency, which he believes will benefit both him and his patients. "When it was my time to shine, when it was my time to rotate with those specialists, it was, you know, it was available to me. Some of my mentors, it's good to know that I'll still be in close contact with them," he said.



Dr. Pamela Knickerbocker, program director of the AdventHealth Sebring Family Medicine Residency Clinic, emphasized the critical role family physicians play in healthcare. "We believe that family physicians can handle more than 90 percent of health problems seen in the model family practice center," she explained. "Our goal is to produce the finest family physicians to meet the growing personal and population health needs of our state and beyond."


Over the next three years, AdventHealth West Florida plans to graduate 88 residents through its programs at AdventHealth Sebring, AdventHealth Tampa, and AdventHealth Wesley Chapel. These GME programs are essential in addressing the physician shortage in Florida, which the Florida Hospital Association projects will reach 36,000 by 2035. By expanding the physician pipeline, AdventHealth's GME programs aim to meet Florida’s increasing demand for doctors, particularly in rural areas and specialties where there is a shortage.


AdventHealth Welcomes 48 New Doctors
AdventHealth Sebring Family Medicine is the inaugural class, graduating our first cohort of seven residents on June 21, 2024.

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