On Thursday, June 17, 2021, Good Samaritan and Ascension St. Vincent Evansville
will welcome twenty-four Internal Medicine residents during a White Coat
Ceremony at 2:00 pm CST/3:00 pm EST. Link to virtual webinar:
Half of this year’s residents will receive their white coat at Good
Samaritan in Vincennes, and the other half will receive their coat at
Ascension St. Vincent Evansville, thus bringing the campuses together
in one live event.
The new class of residents will bring local, national, and international
experiences together as they train over the next three years and hail
from top medical schools including UCLA, Indiana University School of
Medicine, and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland School of Medicine.
During the ceremony, the residents will receive their long white coats
signifying the end of medical school and the beginning of practicing medicine.
According to the American Medical Association, the white coat also symbolizes
professionalism, caring and trust, which the residents must earn from
After several years of preparation and successful accreditation the Internal
Medicine program started in June of 2020 and is designed to address the
primary care shortage in southwest Indiana and southeastern Illinois by
training general internal medicine physicians for the region.
Patient care has been robust at each site as over 10,000 patient visits
have been recorded this year to date. Robert Ficalora, MD, is the program
director of the Southwest Indiana Internal Medicine Residency Program.
He notes that "keeping patients at the center of our care, improving
the health in our region and making medical care accessible and affordable
as key to the success of the program."
Indiana University School of Medicine is the sponsoring organization for
the Southwest Indiana Internal Medicine Residency Program and provides
Institutional leadership through the flagship Indianapolis location as
well as the IUSM‐Evansville campus (which is proximate to both Good Samaritan
Hospital and Ascension St. Vincent Evansville).