100 new doctors coming to train at WVU

 Med students from around the world sign on as medical residents

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Doctors from New York, Texas, Florida and elsewhere are among the approximately 100 medical school graduates choosing West Virginia University for their residency training.

Schools and colleges of medicine represented include Penn State University, University of Florida, Tulane University, University of Texas Tech, Mount Sinai and Temple University.

More than a quarter of the residents are WVU graduates; 30 others will come from elsewhere in the nation.

 The 29 international students represent schools such as Gandhi Medical College in Bhopal and King Saud University in Riyadh.

"The WVU School of Medicine is the largest sponsor of graduate medical education in West Virginia with more than 50 different specialty training programs offered,” Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education Norman D. Ferrari III, M.D., said. “Many of these are the only such specialty training programs in our state, and that is an important part of fulfilling our mission of providing the necessary healthcare professionals to serve the citizens of West Virginia."

WVU programs accepting the new residents include anesthesia, emergency medicine, internal medicine, neurology, psychiatry and surgery.
The residents will start at WVU Hospitals June 15, beginning with two weeks of orientation that includes training on WVU’s new electronic medical records system. They will begin their clinical work July 1.

Thirty-five percent of the WVU School of Medicine Class of 2009 will continue their training in West Virginia.

Medical school graduates learned which teaching hospitals they would be assigned to on Match Day last week, with the majority of medical school seniors – 82 percent – assigned to one of their top-three choices, the National Resident Matching Program reported. 

Residency training typically takes three to five years. Residents practice medicine under the supervision of experienced physicians before being certified in a specialty.





For more information:
Andrea Brunais, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
AB: 3-25-09

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