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Program aims to combat doctor shortage


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FORT MYERS — A group of eight first-year family medicine residents started their training at The Florida State University College of Medicine-Family Medicine Residency Program at Lee Health late last month.

Based at Lee Memorial Hospital, the program was created to combat an expected national shortage of primary care physicians, according to a statement. In addition to two from Florida, the residents come from Alabama, Colorado, Michigan and Tennessee.

“This new class — the class of 2020 — is academically strong, scoring in the top 20% in the nation on the United States Medical Licensing Examination,” says Dr. Gary Goforth, founding program director of the family medicine residency program at Lee Health, in the statement.

The Florida State University College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program at Lee Health takes residents through 36 months of training, divided into four-week blocks, the release adds. Rotations are completed at Lee Memorial Hospital, HealthPark Medical Center and Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida.

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