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Floating Hospital’s residency program sees surge in applicants

04/01/2012

In 2012, Floating Hospital for Children received nearly 1,200 applications for its 13 residency positions this year – a 20 percent increase over 2011 and a powerful testament to the program’s appeal to pediatricians-in-training.

While the program’s relatively small size ensures that each trainee enjoys close clinical, research and personal mentorships with faculty, the program’s intimacy is only the beginning of what makes a Floating residency sought after by so many medical students.

“Our distributed academic model offers something unique, which is the opportunity to learn about community-based medicine as well as tertiary care,” explains Priya S. Garg, MD, hospitalist and director of Floating Hospital’s Pediatric Residency Program. She notes that residents do rotations at partner institutions Lowell General Hospital and MetroWest Medical Center as well as at Floating’s downtown Boston campus.

“As a result, they really learn about local communities, their cultures, demographics and patient experiences,” she continues. “They also get to know and work collaboratively with community physicians since they’re often admitting their patients. It’s invaluable, real-world training.”

“In addition, our program is more robust than it’s ever been,” she says. “We have added a scholarly project requirements and academic blocks that allow for dedicated research time. We also formally teach about systems of care and quality improvement in an in-depth way. We’ve added rotations on advocacy and mental health, as well as a global health curriculum. The first two help get trainees thinking about how to advocate for patients’ psychosocial needs while providing their clinical care, and the second helps them achieve competence in dealing with and helping diverse communities. All these are critical skills for succeeding in today’s healthcare environment.”

Notably, half of Floating resident graduates proceed to the best fellowships in the country, and the other fifty percent choose to stay in Massachusetts either as primary care physicians or community hospitalists, Garg notes. She points out that in this state, the greatest number of pediatricians in private practice are Floating alumni.

“Our residency program produces extremely well-trained, smart clinicians who really care about their patients,” she adds. “If you are recruiting, let us hear from you.”

For more information, contact Dr. Garg at Pgarg@tuftsmedicalcenter.org or call 617-636-5078.