Approval of new pediatric residency program helps improve care for children and families in Nevada


The University of Nevada, Reno College of Medicine (UNMED)And the health fame We are pleased to announce a new three-year accreditation Pediatric Residency Program With the Accreditation Council for Higher Medical Education (ACGME). The first batch of pediatric residencies will begin next summer, in July of 2023. The new residency will help shape pediatric practices of the future — and fill a shortage of specialist physicians state and nation. Over a three-year period, four newly trained physicians will be selected each year for a complementary group of twelve assessors.

said Max Cobbs, MD, PhD, MBA, Neil J. Redfield Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and pediatrician at Renown Children’s Hospital. Currently, UNRI students who are interested in becoming pediatricians must leave the region to complete their residency training elsewhere. The Pennington Foundation has paved the way for this program, which will create a pool of much-needed pediatricians in our state—particularly rural areas—to serve Nevada’s vulnerable children and families with high-quality, affordable care.”

The vision to grow pediatric services into a full-fledged children’s hospital with a strong academic department of pediatrics in Reno began in 2014 when Renown Health and Chief Pediatrician agreed to Renown Children’s Hospital. The Nell J. Redfield Foundation has donated $1.5 million towards this initiative and has hoped to see a children’s residency program created for the community. After Dr. Max Cobbs was appointed to this position in 2016, the William N. . With these gifts, 100,000 children now have access to more than 15 specialized pediatricians, including those in oncology, orthopedics, pulmonology, emergency medicine, urology and other subspecialties previously lacking in the community, as well as an emergency room Pediatric and pediatric intensive care unit. and contemporary healthcare services at Renown Children’s Hospital. Prior to 2016, about 30 percent of all pediatric patients had to leave Northern Nevada to receive the specialized care they needed. Now, thanks to donor support, Renown estimates that 97% of all pediatric patients and their families can receive general and specialized child care locally. The closest children’s hospital in the state is 7 hours or 438 miles away in Las Vegas.

Dr. Melissa Biasike, Acting Dean of the United Nations Institute for Education and Intermediate Science and Chief Academic Officer of Fame, explained, “Residencies are specialized training programs for physicians after they have graduated from medical school. Before they become licensed physicians, medical graduates train for three years or more. They learn from the more experienced ‘present’ doctors. She adds, “This new residency is a huge step forward for our UN Med and Renown Health affiliation – and for our entire community. This pediatric residency program reinforces a mutual commitment to recruiting and retaining skilled, compassionate physicians and healthcare professionals, improving access to healthcare, and invest in clinical research that improves the health of this generation and the next.Within our affiliation with UN Med-Renown, we have established an Integrated Council for Graduate Medical Education Consortium (GME-CC) to provide strategic oversight and growth of residency programs within the institution.Under this agreement, the Foundation UNMED is the accreditation sponsor and Renown Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs are clinical training partners The process went smoothly Within six months of affiliation, GME-CC voted to support our new pediatric residency This is a great addition to our existing residencies at UNU, which It includes family medicine, internal medicine, psychiatry, and behavioral sciences, and provides our students with a fantastic training opportunity in pediatrics.”

Nevada deficiency ranks 45th for physicians and 47th in the United States for pediatricians.

Nevada faces a severe shortage of physician workforce, ranking 45th in the state for active physicians per 100,000 people. A shortage of physicians is particularly critical for pediatricians, with Nevada ranking 47th in the country with fewer than 10 pediatricians per 100,000 people. The northern Nevada community is growing rapidly and Washoe County faces an additional pediatrician shortage as local doctors near retirement.

“This new residency is an opportunity to train the next generation of pediatricians who will want to continue providing care in Northern Nevada,” said Christina Dieter, MD, MBA, FAAP, interim chief pediatrician and physician at Renown Children’s Hospital. “Our community continues to grow. This new pediatric residency training program will allow Nevada to have a number of distinguished and compassionate physicians, now and in the future. With our exceptional team of pediatricians, pediatric specialists, medical teams, and support staff, we are committed to providing an educational experience comprehensive and rewarding for our trainees.”

“It truly is a dream come true. We are indebted to the comprehensive team that built the structure, appointed faculty to support the training program, and successfully appointed Program Director, Dr. Caroline Barangan, and Associate Director, Dr. Shelby Garg, 2012 UNU Alumnat (‘12), “Between now and the summer of 2023, we will add the foundational parts needed to ensure the success of the program including the appointment of a chief resident, ongoing faculty development, and making sure all components are in place for recruitment and teaching,” said Lawrence Duncan, MS, vice president and director of the renowned Women’s and Children’s Hospital. supervision and direction.”

“One of the major obstacles to increasing the number of physicians to care for our growing community is the relative lack of pediatric residency programs in the state and the absence of the program in northern Nevada. Carolyn Barangan, MD, director of the pediatric residency program, Renown Health and” says Workforce Research Shows Consistently that students who have completed residency tend to stay and practice in the communities in which they completed their residency training programme. For those who have completed medical school and residency in the same place, more than 75% remain to practice in that community.”

“In August, recognizing the need to grow the state’s workforce of physicians in high-need specialties, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and the Office of Science, Innovation and Technology announced funding for five graduate medical education residency and fellowship programs, including 870, $433 for the United Nations Foundation Pediatric Residency Program,” said Kristen Buss, Head of Government Affairs, Renown Health. “Nevada graduates more undergraduate medical students than there are residencies and fellowships available. Additionally, Nevada lacks fellowships in some specialties of interest to students. As a result, many highly educated students must leave the state for further training by the time they begin their Real-world application of their advanced education. We appreciate that funding for the GME scholarship will help the state, and our community, attract, educate, and retain more physicians in Nevada.”

This new community-based program will provide residents with a solid foundation in pediatric primary care as well as broad and in-depth exposure to all pediatric subspecialties. This will create graduates who are equally well prepared for careers in general pediatric practice, serving rural and disadvantaged communities in the state or in academics,” added David Carlson, MD, Associate Dean at UNU, Graduate Medical Education; designated institutional officer. ” Through the program, pediatric residents will spend their 36-month residency focusing on pediatric care and complete a clinical training program focused on primary care with rotations that allow them to learn while caring for children in both inpatient and outpatient settings with supervision of pediatricians and pediatric specialists in Renown Children’s Hospital.”

“The pediatric residency program is a fantastic opportunity to continue a tradition of academic excellence alongside Renown Health’s record of clinical excellence,” said Brian Sandoval, president of the University of Nevada, Reno. “This is another way the partnership, signed in 2021 to create the first fully integrated health system in Nevada, helps us expand clinical training and research programs as well as improve access to clinical care for all of Nevadan.”

“We are proud to partner with the United Nations Residency Program at Med to bring this new residency program to our community,” said Thomas Graf, MD, interim CEO of Renown Health. We are fortunate to have the strong infrastructure needed to create this program and a team of highly skilled physicians who can train the next generation of pediatricians.”

For the residency application cycle 2023, UN Medicine will participate in National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)Applicants are encouraged to visit UN Med GME Websitefor more information.


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