City Editor Connor here. Have you heard of Lakeland Regional Health’s new Graduate Medical Education (GME) program? Spoiler alert: It’s nothing like “Grey’s Anatomy.” I went behind the scenes of this exciting program to learn what it takes to become a physician and how the GME is good for Lakeland.
What we tried:
Dr. Nancy Finnigan, DO, and GME Internal Medicine Program Director Dr. Luis Daniel Lugo Rosado, MD, were my tour guides as we followed 70 residents through a day of training.
Resident physicians come to LRH for a hands-on approach to training. They learn in classrooms and simulation labs, but they’re also in rooms with patients, working alongside experienced attending physicians. Read: You could meet residents in some of LRH’s facilities.
The GME program includes internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, psychiatry, general surgery, surgical critical care, or a transitional year.
What not to miss:
I was impressed by the residents’ backgrounds — they already have medical degrees, certifications, and a range of experience. Plus, residents get to use high-tech tools in the simulation lab. There, they can practice operations and procedures to become experts before they’re sent into real medical situations.
What we’re still talking about:
Lakeland Regional Health has been working to bring the GME program to life for over 10 years. Residents are likely to stick around in the cities where they learn, so LRH’s aim is to help address Polk County’s physician shortage. Read: The GME program could make it easier for Lakelanders to be seen by doctors.
How you can experience this:
Keep an eye out for the residents on your next visit to a Lakeland Regional Health facility — or even on your next grocery run (they’re new Swan City residents, too, after all). And if you’re a soon-to-be resident, learn more about the Graduate Medical Education program.