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HCA and UCF are partnering to provide psychiatry and dermatology residencies in Tallahassee

 The program's 6 initial psychiatric residents pose proudly in their new white lab coats.  Watching from behind the podium is program overseer Dr. Jeffrey Ferraro and HCA Florida Capital Hospital CEO Alan Keesee.
Tom Flanigan
The program's six initial psychiatric residents pose proudly in their new white lab coats. Watching from behind the podium is program overseer Dr. Jeffrey Ferraro and HCA Florida Capital Hospital CEO Alan Keesee.

Ultimately, HCA Florida Capital Hospital and the UCF College of Medicine plan to provide 100 annual residencies in a number of medical specialties.

The need for more mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, is growing. The Tallahassee area is now a final training site for additional psychiatrists thanks to a new hospital residency program.

The residency is a joint effort by the University of Central Florida and HCA Florida Capital Hospital.

“Seeing this program is a great opportunity for learning, as well as a chance to bring a new generation of psychiatrists to the Tallahassee area,” said Dr. Jeffrey Ferraro with Capital City Psychiatry, who is overseeing the newly minted psychiatric physicians.

The first six psychiatric residents received their ceremonial white coats during a news conference at the hospital on Tuesday. They were joined by two resident dermatologists.

Hospital CEO Alan Keesee expects rapid expansion for the various residencies.

“And our goal is to have more than 100 residents in the various programs by 2027,” Keesee said.

The psychiatric residency is the first of its kind in the Panhandle.

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