Boca Raton Regional Hospital Welcomes First Medical Residents

Hospital Serving as Primary Teaching Site for FAU’s Residency Program in Internal Medicine

Boca Raton Regional Hospital today welcomed 36 medical residents in internal medicine from Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. Boca Regional is serving as the primary teaching site for the College’s internal medicine residency program and is part of a Graduate Medical Consortium supporting FAU residency programs.

Post-medical school residencies provide the training necessary for medical school graduates to become competent, board-certified physicians. A residency in internal medicine takes three years to complete.

This residency is the first university-sponsored program for FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and the first post-graduate training program at Boca Regional. It completes the Hospital’s transformation from a capable community facility into a tertiary academic medical center.

“We are most proud to be playing such a substantive role in this development for Florida Atlantic University, the city of Boca Raton and our region,” said Charles Posternack MD, Chief Medical Officer at Boca Regional and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Schmidt College of Medicine. “It is also a long-awaited and important milestone in the history of our Hospital.”

According to Bernardo Obeso, MD, internal medicine residency program director at FAU, the advent of residency programs at the Schmidt College of Medicine addresses a critically important demand for the region. “Florida as a whole, and South Florida especially, suffers from an insufficient number of residencies to accommodate the increasing numbers of medical school graduates,” said Dr. Obeso. “Data show that about 50 percent of doctors choose to practice within 20 miles of where they complete their residencies. Our program will assist greatly in addressing one of our region’s most pressing needs — a shortage of primary care physicians.”

FAU received 3,900 applications for the available slots and conducted 353 interviews before selecting the class. Of those chosen, 39 percent have roots in Florida.

Both Drs. Posternack and Obeso also commented on the caliber of the inaugural group of residents. “This cadre of residents represents some of the best and brightest from such prestigious medical schools as Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, Tulane and the University of Miami,” noted Dr. Posternack. “It is quite an impressive group.”

The residency program at Boca Regional is yet another reflection of the growing relationship between the Hospital and FAU. “Given the roles our respective organizations play in our city and in our region, and the proximity we share to one another, it is extremely important to marshal our collective resources and capabilities in a manner that benefits the communities we both serve,” said Jerry Fedele, President and CEO at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “We’ve witnessed what that synergy can produce through our relationships in undergraduate medical education, nursing, allied health and in providing sports medicine for FAU athletics. Our efforts in graduate medical education will only serve to broaden and strengthen this dynamic partnership.”

About Boca Raton Regional Hospital – Advancing the boundaries of medicine.

Boca Raton Regional Hospital is an advanced, tertiary medical center ( with 400 beds and more than 800 primary and specialty physicians on staff. The Hospital is a recognized leader in oncology, cardiovascular disease and surgery, minimally invasive surgery, orthopedics, women’s health, emergency medicine and the neurosciences, all of which offer state-of-the-art diagnostic and imaging capabilities. The Hospital is a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).

Boca Raton Regional Hospital is the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ for the 10th year in a row and was named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 both by Healthgrades®. Boca Raton Regional Hospital was also recognized for the third consecutive year in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013–2014 Best Hospitals listing as a top-ranked hospital in the South Florida metropolitan area.

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