Physicians Match to Regional Training Sites

EVANSVILLE/VINCENNES--The Indiana University School of Medicine-Evansville and the Southwest Indiana Internal Medicine Residency Program announced that 24 new physicians matched for the second class of the new residency program. These 24 new physicians will join the inaugural class in July for training at two regional sites: Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes and Ascension St. Vincent Evansville.

Match Day is an annual rite of passage for U.S. medical students and other applicants from around the world. Medical students begin the residency application process at the start of their final year in medical school. After applying to various registered programs across the country, select candidates are invited by programs for interviews, which were held virtually in the fall and early winter. Once the interview period is over, registered parties submit their preference lists to the National Residency Matching Program, which has performed the national match annually since 1952.

This recently accredited program at Indiana University School of Medicine expands the opportunity for resident training across hospitals in southern Indiana. Indiana ranks 34th in the nation in primary care providers per capita, with many areas in southwest Indiana designated as health professional shortage areas. When fully mature, the Internal Medicine Residency program will provide 56 physicians with regional training opportunities.

Internal Medicine Program Director, Robert Ficalora, MD, FACP, noted how extraordinarily unusual it is to fill 24 positions in a newer program; “Our rank to Match ratio was 5.6:1 in our first two years. As most new programs in community-based hospital programs are much higher, we see this as a great indication of the quality of the program and our clinical partners.” He also stated that the quality of our residents is very impressive, as the program garnered students from some of the highest ranked medical schools in the world, including UCLA, IU and Royal College.

Good Samaritan Hospital has a large underserved primary care base in southern Indiana, which extends almost 100 miles into four counties of southeastern Illinois. Ascension St. Vincent is a regional care provider, with significant subspecialty resources and a large referral population from southern Indiana, southeastern Illinois as well as western Kentucky.

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