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Q&A: What is a Teaching Practice

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About Our Internal Medicine Residency Program

Caring for Today, Teaching for Tomorrow

In addition to providing skilled and compassionate care for adults in Downtown Orlando and the surrounding communities, Medicine Specialists is a teaching practice. Our board-certified Internal Medicine Faculty physicians work hand in hand with Resident physicians from Florida Hospital Orlando to provide the most up-to-date care available anywhere in the world. Florida Hospital Orlando is the flagship, quaternary-care hospital in the Florida Hospital system. With nearly 1,200 beds and state-of-the-art facilities, Florida Hospital Orlando is the largest and busiest hospital in Central Florida.

What is a Resident Physician?

Resident physicians (commonly called ‘Residents’) hold a medical degree (either a MD or DO) and practice medicine under the supervision of faculty physicians, who are already certified in their specialty area. During residency training, the Resident builds upon the education received in medical school, obtaining extensive training within a specific specialty of medicine and allowing them to become eligible for board certification. Residents may pursue a variety of specialties, including: anesthesiology, dermatology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, surgery, among others. 

All of the Resident physicians working in the Medicine Specialists practice are training for the specialty of Internal Medicine.  

A Resident’s Education andTraining

All Residents working within Medicine Specialist's practice have completed medical school and have received their medical degrees. Residents are licensed physicians within the state of Florida but their license is limited to working under the supervision of Faculty physicians. Residencies last three years or more depending on the type of specialty. With each year of additional training, Residents are given increasing levels of responsibility for the patients under their care. As in every Resident environment, more experienced Residents as well as faculty physicians supervise less experienced Residents. Resident physicians spend a significant portion of their time in educational activities such as performing rounds,  attending formal educational conferences as well as personal study.

A Resident’s Roles and Responsibilities

Since Residents are medical care professionals, they work closely with the other members of our staff, providing medical care to our patients and their families. As a physician, one of a Resident’s primary responsibilities is to diagnose a patient’s medical problem and develop a treatment plan. Our Residents also perform medical procedures that are appropriate to their level of training, under the supervision of the Faculty.

If you'd like more information on our residency program, click here.