MountainView Hospital’s Graduate Medical Education program this month announced its 2017 class of Medical Residents, for Internal Medicine, Surgery and its first class of OB-GYN residents.
The announcement was made during the annual event called Match Day – when graduating medical students learn where they will be spending the next several years as residents. This will be the second class of Internal Medicine and Surgery Graduate Medical Education residency program residents and the first class of OB-GYN residents.
The talented group of 32 residents will join the 52 residents in Internal Medicine and Surgery who joined MountainView Hospital’s Graduate Medical Education residency program in 2016
Coming off its inaugural year, MountainView Hospital’s Graduate Medical Education program averaged 100 applicants for each residency position. All PGY-1 (post-graduate year 1) positions were filled: 20 for Internal Medicine, four for OB-GYN and eight Surgery residency positions.
The 2017 Main Residency Match® was the most competitive in the organization’s history[i], as reported by the National Resident Matching Program®, which matches fourth-year medical students with hospital and universities find the right “match” for their residency goals.
“The program directors and coordinators, faculty and facility leadership did an amazing job in creating an optimal experience for potential residents, resulting in our successful match results,” said Dr. Darren Swenson, Vice President Graduate Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official, HCA Far West Division. “Our inaugural resident class help the high standard for the future of our program, and as we grow each year we continue our tireless commitment to excellence for our hospitals and communities.”
MountainView Hospital launched its Graduate Medical Education program in 2015 with the accreditation of its Internal Medicine Residency Program from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Since that time, MountainView has received accreditation for General Surgery and OB-GYN.
ACGME is a private, non-profit organization that evaluates and accredits graduate medical education (GME) programs. Residency is the final phase of a long educational process, required for a physician to practice medicine, and is most influential in determining where a physician eventually practices.
Residency programs vary in length, depending on the specialty. Specialized training in Internal Medicine residency programs takes place over a three-year period. OB-GYN GME residency programs takes place over a four-year period. General Surgery GME residency programs takes place over a five-year period.
“We are excited to welcome the second class of residents to MountainView this summer and integrate them into the hospital culture of caring, compassion and commitment,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “The growth of medical education and graduate medical education in southern Nevada can only serve to benefit the wider community, as new physicians are attracted to our state.”
Nevada currently ranks 48th in the nation in the number of physicians per capita, at 218 physicians per 100,000 of the population, according to a 2012 study by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The national average is 307. Historically there have not been enough residency programs to meet the demand of medical students graduating from Nevada’s medical schools. Providing residency programs to retain and attract new physicians is integral to increasing the physician base in the state.
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