FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – Parkview Health in Fort Wayne is launching a graduate medical education program to attract, train and retain physicians in northeast Indiana. The hospital says the program will help create economic and health benefits for the region.
Parkview says the program, which is 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.
“Attracting and retaining talent is a key component of expanding access to care and improving the health of our communities,” said Dr. Ray Dusman, president at 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.”
Parkview’s program will be based at Parkview Hospital Randallia and will include internal medicine, a three-year program that will be open to 15 residents each year, and general surgery, a five-year program that will be open to four residents each year. Parkview says it will also continue partnering with the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program, which offers residency in family medicine.
“Residency is a critical component of a physician’s career path,” said Dr. Susan Steffy, chief medical officer at Parkview Hospital Randallia. “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.”
Parkview says renovations are underway to accommodate the program at Parkview Hospital Randallia. The hospital is working to create offices, classrooms, procedure rooms and clinic space.
The hospital says students can begin applying for the program beginning in September.