Medical students at the University of Puerto Rico will serve internships at an Orlando hospital as part of an agreement to attract personnel who speak Spanish and understand the culture of a growing Hispanic population in central Florida.
An agreement signed Friday by officials of the School of Medical Sciences of the University of Puerto Rico and Florida Hospital requires third-year medical students serve a one-month internship in Florida as a condition for graduation. The agreement will take effect the next academic year.
"We need people who understand our population," said Kris Gray, M.D., director of Florida Hospital's family medicine residency program. "We perceive that these interns are very well qualified."
Gray said the students may serve their internship in family medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics, surgery, obstetrics and internal medicine.