POSTED: Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 9:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 6, 2012 - 8:25am
Longview, TX — Earlier this week Good Shepherd Medical Center inaugural class of internal medicine residents arrived in East Texas.
The more than 1,200 applicants were narrowed down to 18, who will spend the next 3 years learning under doctors and medical professionals at the hospital.
KETK spoke with some of the residents and the program director about the new program.
From Good Shepherd Medical Center
Good Shepherd Medical Center will welcome its inaugural class of 18 internal medicine residency program participants. These 18 individuals will become the first of a three-year internal medicine residency program based here in Longview. At 18 medical residents per class per year, the Longview community will be home to 54 medical residents in three years’ time.
In March of 2010, Good Shepherd Medical Center (GSMC) partnered with the University of Texas Health Science Center in Tyler (UTHSCT) to establish this three-year internal medicine residency program. “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,” said Emmanuel Elueze, MD, the Program’s Director.
Residents will train at Good Shepherd in a variety of healthcare settings including 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 Dr. Elueze. In addition to learning the traditional competencies and skills required of physicians, increasingly, in the complex evolving healthcare environment, physician effectiveness requires higher standards of professionalism, structured learning opportunities in interpersonal communication skills, performance improvement and systems-based practice. Learning opportunities for these competencies will be integrated throughout the three years of training at UTHSC/GSMC. Elueze adds, “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.”
The program attracted more than 1,200 applicants from 35 medical schools from across the nation and around the world. From October 2011 to January 2012, the Good Shepherd Graduate Medical Education program interviewed approximately 180 candidates for the available 18 first-year positions in the program. Candidates were interviewed by medical staff and residency program administration, provided tours of the Longview area Medical Center, its state-of-the-art simulation center and the Institute for Healthy Living.
After completion of our three-year internal medicine residency program, the program participants are board-eligible in internal medicine and can begin practicing hospital medicine or outpatient primary care medicine. Others may choose to further their careers by seeking a fellowship in a subspecialty of internal medicine, such as cardiology, gastroenterology, nephrology, infectious disease and geriatric medicine among countless others.
For more information about Good Shepherd and our Internal Medicine Residency Program, please visit our website at www.gsmc.org/residency .