New Physicians Begin Training at Lee Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program

(Fort Myers, Fla. – June 28, 2017) --- Eight, new, first-year family medicine residents started their training at The Florida State University College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program at Lee Health on June 26. Based at Lee Memorial Hospital, the program was created to abate an expected national shortage of primary care physicians.

Lee Health is proud to welcome:

  • Jennifer Carrion from Kissimmee, FL
  • Arieal Felix from Nashville, TN
  • Shayna Klein from Westland, MI
  • Murilo Lima from Coconut Creek, FL
  • Christine Norton from Lake Orion, MI
  • Kristen Noud from Deerfield Beach, FL
  • Jaime Realsen from Franktown, CO
  • Hannah Schrubbe from Fairhope, AL

“This new class—the class of 2020—is academically strong, scoring in the top 20 percent in the nation on the United States Medical Licensing Examination,” says Gary Goforth, M.D., Founding Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at Lee Health. “We are very proud, and blessed to have been matched with these eight physicians, who are passionate about training in our program and caring for the underserved. Many of our residents are also interested in global medicine.”

Medical school graduates are required to complete residency training in their chosen specialty in order to become independently practicing physicians. The Lee Health program received more than 1,700 applications from U.S. medical students and physicians from around the world. From that pool of applicants, eight residents were matched. This is the first class of eight residents to join the program since it was approved for expansion and received Continued Accreditation with a 10-year cycle (longest possible interval) from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

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.

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