Training the doctors of tomorrow

March 06, 2019
Training the doctors of tomorrow

Expanded residency training programs are now available through the newly accredited Valley Health System Graduate Medical Education Consortium. The training programs will help attract high-quality, highly competent medical residents to the region. According to the Consortium’s Chief Academic Officer Andrew M. Eisen, MD, FAAP, there is a tremendous need for healthcare professionals thanks to the growing population in southern Nevada. “We’re making big investments in the future of healthcare in southern Nevada,” he says. “The strongest predictor of where someone will start their practice is where they finish their training.”

The first new residencies to be added include a five-year General Surgery program and a three-year Family Medicine program. Both will begin in July and will provide an opportunity for medical school graduates to continue their education while practicing under the supervision of attending physicians.

Dr. Eisen notes that residents in the new programs will experience different Valley Health System hospitals and work with a diverse patient population. They will also have opportunities to participate in scholarly research, develop leadership skills, and broaden their professional experience at other facilities in the region, depending on their area of focus. “We have the opportunity to design the programs around what the residents need and the experiences that are of value to them,” Dr. Eisen says.

For patients, having residents contributing to their care can mean an even better overall experience with more collaboration. Residents don’t replace what the attending staff does, they add to it. Being a teaching hospital, Dr. Eisen says, inspires an environment where there is always a push to stay on top of what’s new and provide the best possible care.

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What makes our programs special?

Our diverse faculty members, modern facilities and integrated health system provide a unique opportunity for residents to support patient care across a broad scope of specialties. Also, working with community partners and having access to advanced technology provide compelling pathways to develop critical clinical competencies. These include using advanced simulation equipment to practice real-world decision-making and manual skills in a consequence-free environment. Additionally, a video-based training program will give surgical residents an opportunity to record their teaching cases and have them reviewed by local faculty and international experts, taking their experience beyond southern Nevada to a global community