Preparing the next generation of providers
Nazareth Hospital is home to a growing medical residency program now in its second year. Charmaine Chan, DO, the Designated Institutional Official & Osteopathic Track Recognitions Program Director at Nazareth, explains why the program was started and some of its key benefits.
Are residents already doctors?
The residents have finished their required four years of medical school. And now they have chosen to go into a residency program to get more practical training so they can become board-certified. It’s almost like an apprenticeship program. They learn from other doctors and nurses while they care for patients.
What training opportunities does the program offer?
Right now we offer internal medicine, transitional year (general training), podiatry and pharmacy residency programs. But we are applying to expand the program to include emergency medicine, ophthalmology and family medicine.
Why was the program started?
For a couple of reasons. For one, the residency program gives our staff of doctors and nurses a chance to help teach the next generation of providers. We also wanted to build a pipeline for new doctors in our area. So we could potentially have residents who want to come back here after their training and practice primary or specialty care.
How does the program benefit the community?
Residents are always asking questions. So attending physicians who work with the residents have no choice but to keep up with the most current treatments. Residents also conduct research projects that help make the hospital a better, safer place for patients. As a result of our residency program, our staff engages with one another more. So there is more teamwork. That’s also great for patient care.