Local Family Medicine Residents Celebrate Graduation

Seven Physicians Completed Their Training at Lee Health

(Fort Myers, Fla. – July 17, 2017) --- Lee Health recently celebrated the graduation of the class of 2017 of The Florida State University College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program. The residency program is based at Lee Memorial Hospital and was created to combat an expected national shortage of primary care physicians—an issue that is compounded locally by a rapidly growing aging population.

“Southwest Florida is one of the fastest growing regions in the state, and statistically, about 50-75 percent of residents practice medicine in the same area in which they trained,” explains Gary Goforth, M.D., Founding Program Director of the residency program at Lee Health. “We are proud to report that six of the seven graduates from the class of 2017 are staying in the Fort Myers area to practice medicine.”

This year’s graduates include:

  • Dr. Chelsey Scheiner, who is practicing urgent care in Fort Myers
  • Dr. Lee Coghill, who is staying in the area to serve as a global health fellow
  • Dr. Liz Midney-Martinez, who will practice family medicine with Lee Physician Group in LaBelle
  • Dr. Carl Nyberg, who will work as a hospitalist in Fort Myers
  • Dr. Alyson Sanchious, who plans to practice in Fort Myers
  • Dr. Eileen Callaway, who will practice with Lee Physician Group in Bonita Springs
  • Dr. Olevia Metry, who will be moving back to her hometown and will practice in the Tampa/Clearwater area

Medical school graduates are required to complete residency training in their chosen specialty in order to become independently practicing physicians. The class of 2017 physicians at Lee Health was the first group recruited to the program through the National Residency Matching Program.

The Florida State University College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program at Lee Health takes residents through 36 months of training, which is divided into four-week blocks. These rotations are completed at Lee Memorial Hospital, HealthPark Medical Center and Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The program began with its inaugural class in July 2014.

In December 2016, the residency program was approved for expansion from 18 residents to 24, and received Continued Accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for the next 10 years.

CUTLINE: L to R: Chelsey Scheiner, DO, Lee Coghill, MD, Elizabeth Midney-Martinez, MD, Alyson Lewis Sanchious, MD, Carl Nyberg, MD, Eileen Callaway, MD, and Olevia Metry, MD

About Lee Health

Since the opening of the first hospital in 1916, Lee Health has been a health care leader in Southwest Florida, constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. A non-profit, integrated health care services organization, Lee Health is committed to the well-being of every individual served, focused on healthy living and maintaining good health. Staffed by caring people, inspiring health, services are conveniently located throughout the community in four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers, primary care and specialty physician practices and other services across the continuum of care. Learn more at www.LeeHealth.org

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