Longview, Texas (KETK) — The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Good Shepherd Medical Center, sponsored by UT Health Northeast, is pleased to announce that the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has accredited the residency program for 10 years, the maximum period for accreditation. The announcement came after the September 20, 2013, meeting of the residency review committee of the ACGME, the sanctioning body of graduate medical education in the U.S. and Canada.
Emmanuel Elueze, MD, PhD, program director said, “This is exciting news and is particularly significant and remarkable for a new program and would not be possible without the support of our administrations at both the UT Health Northeast and Good Shepherd Medical Center, as well as our dedicated teaching faculty, and our excellent residents. The clinical experience and opportunities that Good Shepherd Medical Center provides are very unique and rich. This is certainly something that we can express a great amount of pride in.”
The three-year program, expected to graduate 18 new internal medicine physicians each year, began receiving applications for the 2014-2015 academic year in early September. It will enter its third interview season beginning late October. “We have already received more than 2,000 applications in only two weeks as a further testament of the high-quality practice and training that occur in our hospital and program,” said Dr. Elueze.
The Internal Medicine Residency Program is intended to help combat a growing shortage of primary care physicians in our region as well as throughout Texas. “Our state currently has a significant shortage of physicians, ranking 42 out of 50 states in number of physicians per capita,” explained Dr. Elueze. “Even more alarming, it is projected that Texas will need an additional 40,000 doctors by 2025 to keep up with Texas’ growing population.”
Numerous studies have shown that most physicians practice near where they completed residency or fellowship training. “Having an Internal Medicine Residency Program in the Longview/Tyler area allows us to train and retain some of the best and brightest physicians graduating from top medical schools across the country,” said Dr. Elueze.
For additional information on the UT/GSMC Internal Medicine Residency Program, please visit www.gsmc.org/residency .