Four new physician residency programs at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR) earned initial accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), according to an announcement from the DHR and the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
The ACGME is an American nonprofit and private council responsible for the evaluation and accrediting of physician residency programs.
The DHR offers residency programs in general surgery, internal medicine, family medicine, gynecology and obstetrics. These programs operate under sponsorship of the School of Medicine at San Antonio. In the near future, these programs will be sponsored by The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine.
According to a UTHSCSA press release, “The program directors for the four residency programs are Michelle Cordoba Kissee, M.D., internal medicine; Charles Richart, M.D., FACS, FCCM, general surgery; Eron Manusov, M.D., family medicine; and John Breen, M.D., FACOG, obstetrics and gynecology.”
All programs are currently interviewing medical school seniors as potential candidates for the graduate medical education (GME) positions in several training programs.
Residents that are looking to further develop their academic careers will have the opportunity to pursue cutting-edge research and development at UTRGV, explained Dr. Gomez.
“We are all very excited about building new educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley,” added Lois Bready, M.D., a GME official at the San Antonio School of Medicine.
The founder and dean of the UTRGV School of Medicine, Francisco Fernandez, M.D., added: “Initial accreditation by the ACGME is the evidence that, in collaboration with clinical partners such as DHR, we have identified and put the resources in place to offer first-rate learning experiences to our residents in these four fields of medicine. These residencies are of utmost importance because our ultimate goal is to make sure our medical students are exposed to all types of practices before selecting residency training and entering the work force. DHR has always been known for being on the leading edge of clinical care and now medical education.”
Other residency programs and specialty programs are being considered for the school in the near future as well.