Merit Health Wesley breaks new ground with residency programs

Merit Health Wesley breaks new ground with residency programs

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a press release from Merit Health Wesley

Merit Health Wesley announced today that it has received approval to establish a new internal medicine residency program and emergency medicine residency program. The first class of resident physicians will enter both programs July 2015.

"This is an exciting time for Merit Health Wesley as we continue to grow the services we offer our patients and our community," said Mike Neuendorf, chief executive officer. "Introducing these new residency programs allows us to serve another population – up and coming physicians. We're honored to have the opportunity to train these physicians, allowing them to contribute to our community as well."

The new internal medicine program, approved this month by the American Osteopathic Association, is a three-year program, which will offer two residents in the first year with plans to accommodate up to six each year thereafter for a total of 18 when filled. Focusing on general internal medicine – the specialty dealing with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of adult diseases – the program's goal is to provide a well-rounded experience for physician residents who want to pursue a career as a community-based internist or those who intend to pursue a subspecialty field such as cardiology, gastroenterology, nephrology, etc.

Sherry Turner, D.O. and Kurt Bruckmeier, M.D. have designed these new residency programs. Turner will serve as Director of Graduate Medical Education, as well as the Program Director for the emergency medicine residency. Bruckmeier will serve as Program Director for the internal medicine residency.

"By opening new training programs in Mississippi, we are providing not only the medical education for the physicians, but evidence based healthcare for our state," said Turner. "Mississippi has the smallest number of physicians per population in the nation. In order to correct this limitation of access to healthcare, the state's medical schools are working to increase the post graduate medical education opportunities. The residents who train and attend medical school in the same state are more likely to remain in that state after they have completed their programs."

The new emergency medicine program is a four-year program, which will accept at least one resident in its first year with plans to accommodate up to four each year thereafter for a total of 16 when filled. Focusing on providing quality emergency medical training, curriculum will include education in obstetrics, surgery, trauma, pediatrics, critical care and many others.

These programs are the result of collaboration with William Carey University's College of Osteopathic Medicine.