USF med students gain with Lehigh Valley Health Network’s ranking on Best Hospitals list

The top-notch training for USF medical students and resident physicians continues to grow as Lehigh Valley Health Network is listed in this year’s rankings of the country’s “Best Hospitals” in multiple care areas.

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The list, published by U.S. News & World Report to help guide patients, ranks hospitals across the nation in 16 adult specialties using objective measures, such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data, to help determine the rankings.

The Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) earned spots in seven categories: cardiology and heart surgery; gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; orthopaedics; pulmonology; and urology.

This summer, the charter class to the SELECT MD program at USF Health moved to Allentown, PA, to begin the second half of their medical education within the Lehigh Valley Health Network. The program, which welcomed its charter class in Fall 2011, is part of the MD program at the USF Morsani College of Medicine. The specialized track gives SELECT students unique training in leadership development, intense coaching, and the scholarly tools they need to become empathetic, passionate physician leaders who will be catalysts for change.

USF partnered with LVHN for the SELECT program to combine key strengths of both institutions: USF Health is known for its patient-centric, innovative medical curriculum and Lehigh Valley is recognized as one of the best community hospital systems in the nation.

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USF medical students and resident physicians also gain experience at Tampa General Hospital, which was also ranked by U.S. News & World Report in six categories: cardiology and heart surgery; ear, nose and throat; nephrology; orthopaedics; pulmonology; and urology.