Hudson, FL – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has been approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) for an Internal Medicine Residency Program. The first group of residents will start in July 2014. This is the hospital’s first step in developing graduate medical education (GME) residency programs and a logical progression as the Bayonet Point continues to expand its tertiary and specialty programs.

“Our program will be dedicated to providing the highest quality graduate medical education for those who come to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point from the nation’s medical schools. We are excited and honored to extend this opportunity to participate in our Post-Graduate Medical Education Program and we also intend to add Allopathic Graduate Medical Education Programs in General Surgery and Internal Medicine in 2015,” said hospital CEO Shayne George. “There is an added benefit to our community because graduates are inclined to remain in the community where they have completed their residencies,” he added.

According to the Florida Department of Health, there is a critical statewide need for physicians and the expansion of GME programs, such as this, can help alleviate these shortages. The program will also benefit local community needs, with studies showing that about 60 percent of physicians practice where they complete their residency.