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Parkview Health launching education program

Posted: Friday, March 5, 2021

Parkview Health is launching a graduate medical education program to attract, train and retain more physicians in northeast Indiana, creating both economic and health benefits for the region.

A graduate medical education program, also known as a residency, is a clinical training program for doctors who have graduated from medical school and are ready to receive further specialized training. Depending on their specialty, medical residents spend three to seven years receiving hands-on training and instruction from attending physicians, who have clinical expertise in their field.

Parkview’s graduate medical education program, which will be based at Parkview Hospital Randallia, will include internal medicine, a three-year program that will be open to 15 residents per year, and general surgery, a five-year program that will be open to four residents per year. Parkview will also continue partnering with the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program, which offers residency in family medicine.

According to the Indiana Graduate Medical Education Board, expanding the physician pipeline is critical to meeting increasing demand, especially in rural and underserved areas. By 2030, the board estimates Indiana will need an additional 817 primary care physicians. According to the board, nearly 70 percent of doctors end up practicing near the location of their residency, so Parkview's program will help keep more doctors in northeast Indiana, reducing the projected shortage.

"Attracting and retaining talent is a key component of expanding access to care and improving the health of our communities," said Ray Dusman, MD, president, Physician and Clinical Enterprise, Parkview Health. "As physicians complete our graduate medical education program, our region will see both economic and health benefits. We're fortunate to have the strong infrastructure necessary to create this program, as well as our existing team of highly skilled physicians who can train the next generation of caregivers."

"Residency is a critical component of a physician's career path," said Susan Steffy, MD, chief medical officer, Parkview Hospital Randallia, who is serving as the program's clinical leader. "We know the location of a graduate medical education program will often determine where physicians choose to practice medicine. By providing hands-on training and experience here in northeast Indiana, there's a high likelihood that we'll see more physicians relocate permanently and become members of our communities."

To accommodate the program at Parkview Hospital Randallia, renovations is underway to create offices, classrooms, procedure rooms and clinic space. Residents will also complete training rotations at Parkview locations throughout the region.

“This is an exciting time for Parkview as we continue to grow our Randallia campus and the services we provide there,” said John Bowen, president, Parkview Regional Medical Center & Affiliates. “In fact, Randallia was designed to be an academic hub. From its roots as a nursing school that began in the 1950s, to our current partnerships with area colleges and universities, Parkview Hospital Randallia is proud to help train medical professionals and increase access to care in our communities.”

In the United States, medical residency programs are largely funded by Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement. To help with startup costs, Parkview Health has received $1 million in grants from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education Graduate Medical Education Fund.

Pending program finalization, medical students can begin applying for Parkview’s graduate medical education program beginning in September 2021. Applicants will be paired in March 2022, and program orientation is set for July 2022.