Kennewick General Hospital announces the launch of the Tri-Cities area's first medical residency programs, which will welcome the first medical residents this summer. The three-year post-graduate residency programs in family and internal medicine are approved by the American Osteopathic Association, the accrediting agency for all osteopathic medical schools and primary certifying body for osteopathic physicians.
Designed to provide recent medical school graduates with hands-on inpatient and outpatient experience as well as relevant continuing instruction, the new programs will include hospital and clinic rotations in addition to one-on-one training by local preceptors with Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Doctor of Medicine degrees.
"Currently, KGH is the only teaching hospital in the Tri-Cities area," said CEO Glen Marshall. "We consider it a tremendous honor and responsibility to train the next generation of healthcare providers, and I'm confident that our program directors and coordinators will do a terrific job of making sure we do it well." He also added that KGH plans to expand its residency opportunities into additional areas of medicine in the future.
In addition to the residency programs, and in continuing partnership with Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, KGH has also initiated a student audition rotation program designed for fourth-year medical students interested in evaluating the residency programs before applying.
"We've enjoyed working with PNWU students for several years," said KGH Director of Medical Education and PNWU board member Heather Phipps, D.O. "The addition of student audition rotations and residency programs at KGH will help bring a full-service aspect to our role in helping transition students into practicing clinicians."
The family and internal medicine residency programs are directed by board certified KGH providers Sheila Dunlop, D.O. and Mahmoud Al-Hawamdeh, M.D., respectively. Click here for more information about KGH medical student and residency programs.