POSTED: Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 10:32am
UPDATED: Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 2:24am
On March 25, 2010, Good Shepherd Health System announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with The University of Texas Health Science Center to create a three-year internal medicine residency program at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, according to Representative Tommy Merritt, a strong proponent of expanding medical education in Northeast Texas. UTHSC is located in Northern Smith County in Representative Merritt's district.
Good Shepherd is enthusiastic about the new residency training program. "By combining the expertise and resources of our two outstanding institutions, we will be able to offer a depth of medical training that will be of tremendous benefit to the long-term health care needs of our region," said Edward Banos, Good Shepherd Health System president and chief executive officer.
UT Health Science Center is the only academic medical center in Northeast Texas and is an experienced leader in medical education. Its family medicine residency program in Tyler is celebrating its 25th anniversary later this year, and its occupational medicine residency program just completed its 15th year.
Kirk A. Calhoun, M.D., President of UTHSC, said he is pleased about the memorandum of understanding with Good Shepherd. UTHSC will help Good Shepherd build a strong internal medicine residency program that will meet the standards set by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), Dr. Calhoun said.
Dr. Calhoun is very proud that many of UTHSC's family medicine residency graduates stay in the area. "Of the 132 graduates in the 25 years of our primary care residency program, I am pleased that 81 percent have remained in Texas and 47 percent of the UTHSC Family Medicine Residency graduates have chosen to practice medicine in East Texas." Since Texas is facing a 40,000-physician shortage by 2025, "this residency training program in Longview will greatly help Texas address that shortage," Dr. Calhoun said.
Representative Merritt is enthusiastic about this new residency training program and what it means to the Texas/Louisiana border region: "Not only is this internal residency program good for Longview, but it is good for our entire region and for the medical students who want to complete their training in Northeast Texas."