Largo Medical Center is now designated as a Statutory Teaching Hospital by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).
The Statutory Teaching Hospital designation is granted to hospitals with at least 100 or more full-time equivalent resident physicians, in seven (or more) different graduate medical education programs. The programs must be accredited by the Council on Postdoctoral Training of the American Osteopathic Association or the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
This designation means that Largo Medical Center provides clinical education and training to future and current doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals, in addition to delivering medical care to patients. Most teaching hospitals are affiliated with medical schools or universities. Largo Medical Center is affiliated with Nova Southeastern University.
Patients benefit from teaching hospitals because the academic environment encourages physicians to seek innovative solutions to patients’ problems. Attending physicians must stay on top of the latest medical developments in order to teach medical students, residents, student nurses and allied health professionals. Studies show that patients at academic medical centers have better outcomes. Teaching hospitals encourage active collaboration among all members of the care team.
Largo Medical Center has a comprehensive graduate medical education department. Right now there are 13 graduate medical education programs including Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Family Practice, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Psychiatry, and Traditional Internship residency programs and Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Pulmonary Critical Care and Rheumatology fellowship programs.