On July 2 Good Shepherd Medical Center (GSMC) introduced its first-ever class of 18 internal medicine residency program participants. These will be the inaugural group of a three-year program that will bring 18 residents per year to the hospital, giving Longview 54 more medical residents.
In March 2010 GSMC and the University of Texas Health Science Center in Tyler (UTHSCT) collaborated to found this four-year medical plan. Program Director Dr. Emmanuel Elueze, MD is upbeat and enthusiastic about the project.
“A remarkable amount of work and collaboration has taken place to launch Good Shepherd’s Internal Medicine Residency Program, and the arrival of our inaugural class is a momentous occasion,” he said.
The hospital will train the residents in a broad spectrum of healthcare settings such as inpatient, outpatient and emergency care.
“The fundamental purpose of our internal medicine residency training program is to create a learning environment which promotes the delivery of safe, quality, patient-centered medical care while providing our residents with an opportunity for personal and professional growth as a physician,” said Elueze.
Apart from absorbing the typical training traditionally afforded all medical doctors in an increasingly complex and evolving medical environment, the program will further physician effectiveness by compelling a greater degree of professionalism. It will also supply structured learning opportunities to improve interpersonal communications skills, overall performance improvement, and systems-based practice. Learning opportunities for these crucial disciplines will be consistently applied throughout the three years the residents will train at UTHSC/GSMC.
“We are confident that the learning environment of our internal medicine training program will provide our residents with the experience to become outstanding internists, and will allow them to be successful in any career path chosen after internal medicine training,” said Elueze.
More than 1200 hopefuls from 35 medical schools worldwide applied for the program. From October 2011 until January 2012 GSMC’s Medical Education Program interviewed and evaluated about 180 candidates seeking the 18 first-year openings. Medical staff and residency program administration personnel interviewed the hopefuls, who were also taken through the city’s Medical Center, its ultra-modern simulation center, and the Institute for Healthy Living.
Upon completion of the program, participants are certified as board-eligible in internal medicine and authorized to commence practicing hospital medicine and/or outpatient primary care medicine. Graduates may also seek fellowships in such internal medicine subspecialties as cardiology, gastroenterology, nephrology, infectious disease, geriatric medicine and numerous other fields.
For additional information on the GSMC internal medicine residency program please visit www.gsmc.org/residency.