Bayhealth announces new residency programs

DOVER, Del. – An exciting announcement was made at the Bayhealth Kent General Hospital on Tuesday morning. The hospital will soon be launching residency training programs at both its Kent and Sussex locations.

Bayhealth President and CEO Terry Murphy said, “Being able to provide residency slots gives opportunity for medical students to practice and continue to learn and being able to do that in Kent and Sussex County also helps fill a need.”

Bayhealth will begin offering residencies in five specialties. Those specialties are: Internal medicine, family medicine, general surgery, emergency medicine, and what they call a transitional year for medical doctors, physicians, that have graduated or are DO physicians.

A residency gives doctors who have recently graduated from medical school hands-on experience in the field.

We’re told a program like this is long overdue in Kent County and Sussex County.

Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Gary Siegelman said, “We need doctors. It’s hard to find a physician these days to be a primary care physician and that’s one of the reasons we’re training them here.”

Bayhealth executives say since this program will produce more doctors, it will ultimately help to provide better service to Delawareans.

Siegelman said, “The population is growing, particularly in Sussex County and also in Kent, and the population is aging so there’s a little bit more care you need as you get older. Again, the doctors that we have in the counties now are really pretty busy so we need more physicians in the area.”

The first group of residents will arrive in July of 2021.

We’re told when physicians complete their residencies, there is a higher chance that they will stay in the community where they trained resulting in greater physician retention.

Bayhealth has 11 undergraduate medical education students coming in next July, and we’re told that will help prepare them to become a great teaching hospital.

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