Welcome to the University of South Florida-Morton Plant Mease Family Medicine Residency Program

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Dr. Cruz Knight
Wanda Cruz-Knight, MD, MBA, CPE
Program Director
Family Medicine Residency

A Message From the Program Director

We are a three year unopposed residency program sponsored by University of South Florida Department of Family Medicine nestled in the vibrant city of Clearwater. Our mission is to develop exemplary family physicians possessing the knowledge and skills to humanize medicine and provide high-quality, science-based, patient centered, cost-effective health care. We look forward to sharing our values of trust, respect and dignity with you which reflect our responsibility to achieve health care excellence for our community. 

Since 1998, our faculty has endeavored to educate family medicine residents and medical students in patient-centered, evidence-based, high-quality and compassionate medical care. In 2009, a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship was added to enhance the musculoskeletal medicine curriculum of the residency and further develop physicians with a calling to serve athletes and active individuals of all ages. In 2013, a Pharmacy Residency with focus on primary care was added to enhance the overall Pharmacy curriculum and to promote collaborative learning between the Family Medicine and Pharmacy Residents. 

Through many avenues, the residency program plays a vital role in the community health of Clearwater and the greater Tampa Bay area. Outpatient care is centered at the Turley Family Health Center, the first residency practice site in the State of Florida to receive Physician Practice Connections® – Patient-Centered Medical Home™ Recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Here residents, fellows and faculty nurture the health of the diverse local population from prenatal visits through geriatrics. Care extends into the inpatient setting via the BayCare Health System, chiefly at Morton Plant Hospital, a 787 bed facility home to more than fifty specialty areas and serving over seventy thousand emergency room visits a year. 

Providing residents with opportunity to create their own niches during residency allows for a competitive edge after program completion. Over the last two years, ninety percent of the residents who applied for fellowships where accepted into their top choice. Tracks and curriculum that address the growing trends in medicine such as Telemedicine, Wilderness and Tropical Medicine, Point of Care Ultrasound (Pocus) and Leadership development have made the residents in the program highly marketable. 

 Finally, the program engages in continues process improvement promoting cutting edge educational and clinical innovation. Our vision is to advance superior health care by educating family physicians to provide an exceptional patient-centered experience, by providing local leadership to the medical community and by gaining national recognition for educational innovation and scholarly activity. 

 Clinical Excellence is what we teach, what we learn, and what we deliver to our patients and our community. We are excited to offer you an opportunity to explore our program as we fulfill our vision of training leaders in Family Medicine who believe in health care excellence. 

We look forward to meeting you during your interview trail.