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Q&A: What is a Teaching Practice?

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About Our Family Medicine Residency Program

Caring for Today, Teaching for Tomorrow

In addition to providing skilled and compassionate care for adults in Winter Park and the surrounding communities, Centre for Family Medicine is a teaching practice. Our board-certified Family Medicine Faculty physicians work hand in hand with Resident physicians from Florida Hospital Winter Park to provide the most up-to-date care available anywhere in the world. Winter Park Memorial Hospital has faithfully served our neighbors and the surrounding community for more than half a century. Our goal is to provide the kind of compassionate, skilled, patient-centered care that on which Florida Hospital has staked its reputation—care that supports not just physical health, but spiritual and emotional wellbeing as well.

What is a Resident Physician?

Resident physicians have graduated from medical school, hold a medical degree (either a MD or DO), and practice medicine under the supervision of board certified faculty physicians. 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 Centre for Family Medicine practice are training for the specialty of Family Medicine.  

A Resident’s Education and Training

All Residents working within Centre for Family Medicine'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.