Local healthcare residency programs expand to new fields

Posted: 10/22/2019

The mid-Hudson Valley will soon be home to obstetrics and gynecology, anesthesiology and transitional year medical residents as part of the recent expansion of Health Quest Medical Education programs.

The residency programs, now a part of Nuvance Health, were recently approved by the Accrediting Council for Graduate Medical Education. By July 2020, the new programs will entail:

  • Six anesthesiology residents housed at Vassar Brothers Medical Center.
  • Four OB-GYN residents rotating at Vassar Brothers and Northern Dutchess hospitals.
  • Up to 18 residents in a 28-week transitional-year residency, designed to give providers who completed a residency program additional exposure to many specialties.
  • 10 residents in a three-year Emergency Medicine program, pending accreditation.

“We’re excited to grow our residency programs from four to eight specialties by 2020 and shape the future of medicine in our communities,” said Dr. Chris Stenberg, Vice President of Graduate Medical Education. “Our residents are top medical school graduates who have come to this region for in-depth, specialized training with our quality, senior clinicians. We’ve just begun to pave the way for bringing bright young minds into our local medical centers.”

Applications are being accepted for the new residency programs. In addition, general surgery, internal medicine and family medicine residents who began their programs in July 2019 will enter their second year this summer ¬– and a new class of first-year residents in these programs will join them. The goal is to have more than 200 residents in all specialties by 2023.

For more information, visit the Graduate Medical Education website at

General surgery residents Helene Rached, William Wing and Laura Morales pose for a portrait on June 18, 2019 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in the City of Poughkeepsie.

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