Historic Match Day For Lake Nona Medical CityWednesday, March 20th 2019
Lake Nona’s community brings together world-class institutions, from Pre-K to PhD and beyond. National Match Day 2019 was a shining example of the power of partnerships throughout Lake Nona Medical City that continues to thrive.
On Match Day, students from medical schools throughout the country find out where they will be spending their upcoming years for additional medical training. Nemours Children’s Hospital in Lake Nona took part in its first-ever Match Day for the brand-new, national caliber pediatric residency program.
“Nemours Children’s Health System is excited about the opportunity to be a transformative force in medical education,” said Larry Moss, MD, president and CEO of Nemours Children’s Health System. “Our goal is to train the best in the country to develop the leaders of tomorrow in children’s healthcare. We welcome our first class of residents with high aspirations for what they will accomplish and how they will make their mark on keeping children healthy.”
Nemours interviewed nearly 200 medical students from throughout the United States for the program’s 12 open pediatric residency positions. Three medical students from University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Lake Nona were matched with Nemours Children’s Hospital in Lake Nona.
“I feel amazing because Nemours was my number one choice,” said Gabriel Williams, medical student from University of Central Florida College of Medicine. “I was ecstatic that Nemours chose me. I’m from Orlando, my family is here and Orlando is where I want to be.”
“I actually wasn’t planning on going into pediatrics, but I did my rotation at Nemours Children’s Hospital and I fell in love,” said Laura Chilcutt, medical student from University of Central Florida College of Medicine. “I couldn’t decide which I loved more, pediatrics or Nemours and then thought, why separate them?”
Nemours Children’s Hospital in Lake Nona received institutional accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in June 2017, granting Nemours the authority to develop and execute the full educational curriculum and oversight for its own residency and fellowship programs.
“Nemours’ residency program allows future physicians the opportunity to leave a legacy and make a difference in their community. They will change the landscape of healthcare in Florida and across the nation,” said Dr. Amber Hoffman, program director for Nemours Children’s Hospital Pediatric Residency Program.
Starting a residency program and subsequently building fellowship programs in a freestanding pediatric hospital offers a unique opportunity to make a difference. Nemours Children’s Hospital will train pediatric subspecialty experts in an academic institution utilizing state of the art technology, and innovative simulation and patient care models focused on quality and safety.