Capital Regional Medical Center and the University of Central Florida College of Medicine Announce Launch of New Graduate Medical Education Residency Program

Capital Regional Medical Center, an affiliate of HCA Healthcare North Florida Division, is proud to announce the launch of their first-ever Graduate Medical Education Residency Program in partnership with the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Accredited by the Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the new program will train residents in dermatology, and psychiatric medicine. The psychiatric residency is the first and only program of its kind in the Big Bend Region.

A residency is a critical component of a physician’s career path. The programs last between three and seven years, depending on the specialty, and follows graduation from medical school to prepare physicians for independent practice in a medical specialty.

“Capital Regional Medical Center is very excited to partner with the University of Central Florida College of Medicine to bring this new residency program to our community,” said Trey Blake, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Capital Regional Medical Center. “Our hospital and trained medical staff make Capital Regional an ideal partner for the residents. In addition, attracting and retaining talent is key to expanding access to care and improving the health of our community. As these residents complete their training, our community and region will see economic and health benefits. We are fortunate to have the strong infrastructure necessary to create this program as well as our team of physicians who can train the next generation of caregivers.”

Across the country, HCA Healthcare is the largest sponsor of residency and fellowship programs for physicians. The impact of HCA Healthcare’s efforts to train the next generation of healthcare leaders is significant and each program helps to address the doctor shortage nationwide. Currently, the program includes 61 teaching hospitals in 16 states that include:
o 4,754 Residents
o 309 Fellows
o 221 Residency Programs
o 83 Fellowship Programs

In Florida, HCA Healthcare is home to the largest teaching hospital system. With over 1,900 residents and fellows at 25 hospitals, HCA Healthcare trains the most, new doctors in Florida. With the level of experience that HCA Healthcare has in developing Graduate Medical Education Programs and the expert training provided by the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Capital Regional Medical Center is well positioned for immediate success.

“We are delighted to partner with Capital Regional Medical Center and serve the Big Bend Region,” said Dr. Deborah German, vice president for health affairs and the founding dean of the UCF College of Medicine. “Our mission at the UCF College of Medicine includes improving healthcare for all. Residency programs are an important part of that effort. Physicians often remain in the community where they had their residency training and our programs will allow the Tallahassee region to have a supply of outstanding, compassionate young physicians, now and into the future.”
The first two residency programs at Capital Regional are in the specialties of dermatology and psychiatric medicine and the first residents are to begin their training July 2022. As part of the program, residents will experience National Grand Rounds, a series of webinars that leverage accomplished clinical expertise from across HCA Healthcare that brings the nation’s leading medical experts to our residency programs.

About Capital Regional Medical Center
Capital Regional Medical Center is a fully-accredited healthcare facility with more than 1,400 employees and 400 physicians. We are a 266-bed, acute-care hospital that offers 24/7 Emergency Services in Leon and Gadsden Counties. Offerings also include a Bariatric Center, Behavioral Health Center, Burn Clinic, Cancer Center, Chest Pain Center w/PCI-Resuscitation, Comprehensive Breast Center, Family Center, Heart & Vascular Center, Orthopedic/Spine Center, Physical Therapy Services, Stroke Center, Surgical Services, Network-of-Care Affiliated Physician Practices, and more.

About HCA Healthcare North Florida Division
The HCA Healthcare North Florida Division is a comprehensive network of 14 hospitals, numerous outpatient surgery centers & imaging facilities, physician practices, medical education training programs and a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the healthcare needs of residents and businesses in the North Florida and Central Florida communities. HCA Healthcare North Florida physicians and employees continue to provide the quality foundation for delivering care to our patients safely, effectively and compassionately. Its hospitals are Joint Commission Accredited, with designations such as Accredited Chest Pain Centers, Primary Stroke Center Certification and four Level II Trauma Centers in Marion, Okaloosa, Osceola and Seminole county.

About UCF College of Medicine
As one of the nation’s newest medical schools, the UCF College of Medicine epitomizes innovation, high-tech learning tools and a pioneering spirit to educate doctors and scientists in a new and better way for the future. The medical school is the academic cornerstone of Medical City at Lake Nona, a biosciences destination for medical education, research and patient care just minutes from one of the world’s most visited airports. UCF Lake Nona Medical Center, a partnership with HCA Healthcare, opened a year ago next door to the medical school. The college’s new UCF Lake Nona Cancer Center brings together national leaders in cancer treatment and research under one roof. For more information, visit