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New Psychiatry Residency Program Will Help With Shortage In Central Florida

Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.
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More than 600 new psychiatrists will be trained each year at the University of Central Florida.

A new psychiatry residency program will help offset rising demand for mental health providers throughout Florida. The University of Central Florida says it will eventually train more than 600 providers a year.

UCF says there were more than 17-hundred applicants for six spots in the program that will train residents at Osceola Regional Medical Center and Orlando VA Medical Center.

ATeaching Hospital Council of Florida and Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida report that the Orlando area will be short more than 230 psychiatrists by 2025.