Good Samaritan’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) program is part
of a consortium that was recently awarded a $5.46 million grant for its
Internal Medicine and Psychiatry programs. Good Samaritan is a partner
of the Southwestern Indiana Graduate Medical Education Consortium (SIGMEC),
who was awarded the grant by the Medical Residency Education Fund. The
grant supports the creation and maintenance of new residency positions
at existing and new Graduate Medical Education programs.
The primary sites of both the Psychiatry and Internal Medicine programs
will be at Good Samaritan where there is a focus on training residents
in a community-based rural area and underserved population. In July of
2019, the GME board met and approved the Development and Expansion grant
to be awarded to SIGMEC. The grant will provide an additional $45,000
per resident for the full duration of their training. Both the Internal
Medicine and Psychiatry programs will receive funding for their first
classes. “All of the program directors that are a part of SIGMEC
worked together to make this grant a possibility,” said Dr. Robert
Ficalora, Southwest Indiana Internal Medicine Residency Program Director
and Professor of Clinical Medicine. “The grant dollars our programs
will receive will help us recruit the best residents and provide the best
care to the community.”
The Psychiatry program will receive funding for four residents for four
years and the Internal Medicine program will receive funding for 16 residents
for three years, plus eight preliminary residents for one year.
The residency programs received the grant by meeting the following criteria:
- Residency program expansion in rural and/or underserved areas of Indiana.
- Residency programs that incorporate components of and/or expose residents
in rural and/or underserved regions of the state.
- Residency program expansion involving a FQHC.
- Residency program expansion involving a collaborative approach such as
- Residency program expansion planning involving an Area Health Education
The total amount of funding SIGMEC will receive equates to $2,580,000
for the Internal Medicine program and up to $3,915,000 over the next three
to four years for all residency programs. “The money received from
these grants will help our programs here at Good Samaritan tremendously,”
said Rob McLin, President and CEO. “The funds will help with expenses
of the salary and wages for the residents, and will have a positive impact
on our programs.”