St. Mary’s Medical Center Launches University of Vermont College of Medicine Medical Student Education Program
In an effort to improve the future of health care in Palm Beach County, St. Mary’s Medical Center is teaming up with the University of Vermont (UVM) College of Medicine in Burlington to give future physicians the opportunity to participate in clinical education alongside practicing doctors in our community. As part of the program, which is set to begin as early as Spring 2010, UVM medical students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of clinical clerkship rotations at St. Mary’s. These programs are designed to achieve the educational competencies required by the Vermont Integrated Curriculum in place at UVM. This is the first formal medical student program to be hosted at St. Mary’s. St. Mary’s is already one of the largest teaching and training facilities in South Florida for non-physician healthcare professionals such as nursing, pharmacy, radiology, respiratory and physical therapy students. The hospital teaches more than 900 students per year. The Vermont Integrated Curriculum will be taught by physicians on staff at the hospital, and will be the equivalent of the education and training medical students receive in all UVM affiliated clinical settings. UVM’s innovative curriculum is supported by COMET (College of Medicine Education Tools), which is an award winning hybrid learning environment, including reusable learning objects, virtual reality models, streaming audio and video, as well as online exams and learning environment will help to foster the productivity and The affiliation agreement builds on both St. Mary’s and UVM’s common goal of training medical students to provide quality care. Once the details of the clinical education program are established, UVM medical students will have the opportunity to complete portions of their second, third or fourth-year education at St. Mary’s under the supervision of their physician educators. Long term and additional benefits of this relationship could be the recruitment of local area college students to become medical students at UVM and recruitment of graduates of the UVM College of Medicine to practice in the greater West Palm Beach area. This new affiliation will not only benefit St. Mary’s and UVM, but will also provide additional programs and services to the community.
Dr. Jeff Davis, Chief Medical Officer of St. Mary’s Medical Center, can be reached at (561) 882-6139 or Jeff.firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.stmarysmc.com.