UCF has a young medical school with a bright future.
A lot of their success over the past decade stems from partnerships with two of the major health care providers in Central Florida: AdventHealth and Orlando Health.
But those companies have decided to punish UCF students over the university’s decision to partner with HCA on a teaching hospital.
HCA gave them an offer they couldn’t refuse — shared ownership of a state-of-the-art, $175 million facility right next to the medical school.
The other offers put forward were no match, and UCF made the right call.
Now, AdventHealth and Orlando Health say they won’t let UCF medical students do rotations at their facilities anymore.
That’s put students in a bind.
Ahead of UCF Lake Nona Medical Center’s opening in 2020, medical students have been forced to travel to HCA hospitals as far away as Gainesville and Ocala in order to get the training they need to become doctors.
That benefits patients in those regions to the detriment of those in Orlando.
Unlike job training in other fields, rotations aren’t a burden. They’re of substantial benefit to the host facilities. A medical degree doesn’t get framed and thrown on a wall, never to be used again — those students go on to residencies and then into practice.
Where do they end up? More often than not, they head to the places that have taken the time to invest in them.
If AdventHealth and Orlando Health continued accepting UCF med students, they’d continue to have a valuable pipeline of medical professionals coming through their doors and, one day, joining their staff.
That was their goal when they helped push for UCF to get a medical school in the first place. It wasn’t altruism.
There’s a physician shortage, they wanted doctors, and they knew the best way to get them was by helping educate the next wave of medical professionals.
Now, just because UCF acted in its own best interest, the companies are shooting themselves in the foot.
Jealousy is a powerful drug indeed.