The American Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has approved Kaweah Delta’s application to expand its medical residency program to include an anesthesia residency, effective March 30, 2017. Four residents, each of whom will begin their anesthesia residency training at Kaweah Delta beginning June 19, 2017. The Kaweah Delta anesthesia residency will consist of sixteen physicians – four residents per year each of whom will be in residency training for four years.
The new residents will bring the total number of graduate medical education physicians to 121 at Kaweah Delta, likely as large as the number will get as the medical center’s transition to a teaching hospital is realized.
The young docs account for about 15 percent of all the physicians practicing at Kaweah Delta. The healthcare district has a 3-year residency program in Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Psychiatry, Family Medicine and a one-year Transitional Year Program.
Helping to improve care in the region by bringing in new physicians who might stay to practice is a key advantage of the program particularly in a rural part of California with low numbers of physicians per population, recruitment challenges and a high incidence of health issues.
Last year after Kaweah Delta’s first class of physicians graduated in June – 40 percent of the original class of residents, 5 out of 12, decided to stay and practice in the area.
“When we set out to become a teaching hospital, one important goal was to improve this community’s access to health care by growing the next generation of physicians,” said Lindsay Mann, Chief Executive Officer of Kaweah Delta Health Care District who has retired this month.
Commenting on the GME program Mann said” This is a very significant achievement. This residency program will not only provide training to medical doctors preparing to practice in the field anesthesiology but will, in the process, further the development of a rich learning environment at Kaweah Delta. I also want to recognize Lori Winston, M.D., our Designated Institutional Official for her contributions to this important milestone in the development of our Graduate Medical Education Program.”