Eighteen students from the University of South Florida's College of Medicine begin their clinical education at Lehigh Valley Health Network today.
Participants in a program, which was established four years ago, the inaugural class of SELECT, which stands for scholarly excellence, leadership experiences, and collaborative training, were scheduled to start their orientation with LVHN President and CEO Ronald Swinfard this morning.
The students began their education in Florida in fall 2011, with the plan to complete their third and fourth years of medical school training in the Lehigh Valley.
The program was established to create what the hospital referred to as "a new generation of 21st century physician leaders."
“With the predicted nationwide shortage of doctors, we see SELECT as a way to ensure we can keep the best and brightest young doctors here to care for people in the Lehigh Valley,” Swinfard said. “The education they are receiving will make them both physicians and leaders in a reformed health care world.”