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Health Quest interviews candidates for new residency programs

Posted: 11/12/2018

Health Quest has started to interview candidates for three residency programs, surgery, internal medicine and family medicine, for which the first classes begin in July 2019.

The Family Medicine Residency Program is the latest approved by the Accrediting Council for Graduate Medical Education. It joins the surgery and internal medicine residency programs, which were approved earlier this year.

“These three residency programs are just the beginning for Health Quest’s shift into academic medical training,” said Dr. Christopher Stenberg, vice president of Graduate Medical Education for Health Quest. “We will seek motivated residents who strive to become the top leaders in their specialties and we hope, after their training is complete, many will choose to remain in the Hudson Valley and practice medicine here.”

Health Quest aims to follow these residency programs with a number of different specialties, including emergency medicine, obstetrics-gynecology and orthopedics. The goal is to have more than 200 residents in all specialties by 2023.

“The Health Quest Family Medicine Residency Program provides a great opportunity for medical school graduates looking to further their education in pursuit of becoming a family physician,” said Dr. Hossam Hafez, program director for family medicine residencies at Health Quest. “Our residents will gain in-depth obstetrics experience, knowledge of inpatient and outpatient pediatric services and exposure to a variety of other subspecialties.”

The Family Medicine Residency Program is a three-year residency that will accept eight candidates per year with the goal of 24 total by the time the first class is in its final year.

First-year residents in the family medicine program complete specialized, month-long rotations in obstetrics, surgery, intensive care and gynecology. Residents will also begin providing primary care services in outpatient and inpatient settings that will continue throughout their training. Inpatient teams provide day and night coverage at Northern Dutchess Hospital, and each resident provides outpatient primary care services in a continuity clinic.

By the second year of training, residents will begin to develop as leaders of the patient care team, taking the lead on inpatient night rotations and in the Northern Dutchess Hospital Emergency Department. Second-year residents also treat older patients at the Center for Healthy Aging, and pediatric populations in outpatient and inpatient settings.

During the final year of the program, residents will act as leaders of the patient care team in all settings. Senior residents complete a rotation in Health Systems Management, to prepare for independent patient care and develop valuable practice management skills. Additionally, senior residents spend three months leading adult inpatient care teams, and one month as leader of an inpatient obstetric team.

For more information, visit Health Quest’s Medical Education website at http://meded.healthquest.org.

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