GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION
The best and brightest in medicine
n January , Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center and TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine joined forces to create opportunities to train the next generation of medical providers . Despite the obstacles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic , plans to launch our Graduate Medical Education ( GME ) physician residency program are moving full steam ahead .
Commonly referred to as residency , Graduate Medical Education is the final educational step for physicians in their preparation for clinical practice . Residencies can last for three to seven years , depending on the medical discipline , during which the newly-minted physicians train under the supervision of experienced practitioners . By the 2027-2028 academic year , this new program at Baylor Scott & White All Saints – Fort Worth will train more than 150 physicians annually in the disciplines of internal medicine , emergency medicine , obstetrics and gynecology , general surgery , and anesthesia .
The first cohort of medical school graduates to begin their training in July 2021 and will consist of 15 residents , completing their first-year rotations in Internal Medicine . More than 1,800 applications were received from across the United States , and even internationally , for these coveted spots . The pool of applicants has since been narrowed , and approximately 200 have been invited for virtual interviews to conclude in January 2021 . After both applicants and the hospital rank their top choices , “ Match Day ” on March 19 , 2021 will determine which 15 residents will receive their training in this new program .
In addition to building the first cohort of students , construction at Baylor Scott & White – Fort Worth is well underway to create space for this new program . Spaces for learning , study , collaboration , and relaxation are being carved out to meet the needs of the physician residents , program faculty and staff . Dr . Kollier “ Kip ” Hinkle , the residency program ’ s designated institutional officer said , “ Walking through the construction site , I can begin to feel the energy for learning that will be exhibited by the residents and faculty within these rooms . The learning center and conference rooms are being equipped to allow all of our residents , no matter where they are , to be a part of the opportunities to become the best possible physicians for their patients .”
Seeing the plans come to life will be second only to the experience we will have when our first residents arrive in Fort Worth . Residency programs have been shown to improve quality of care , patient outcomes , and patient experience . The programs also increase access to care for uninsured and underinsured population through community clinic rotations .
“ Walking through the construction site , I can begin to feel the energy for learning that will be exhibited by the residents and faculty in these rooms .”
— Dr . Kollier “ Kip ” Hinkle
“ With this program , Baylor Scott & White – Fort Worth is expanding in an exciting new direction that will provide opportunities for collaboration with our renowned physicians , researchers , and residents ,” said Director of Graduate Medical Education Leslie Phillips . “ We look forward to how this program will impact the lives of those who come to learn and ultimately for the patients and community that will benefit .”
To make this program possible , the Fort Worth community stepped up to help , providing philanthropic support , including major contributions from Amon G . Carter Foundation , Leo Potishman Foundation , and the Thomas M ., Helen McKee and John P . Ryan Foundation .
Together , we ’ re making an investment in the future of these residents and in the health of our community .
For more information on Graduate Medical Education and philanthropic opportunities , please contact Geraldine Williams at Geraldine . Williams @ BSWHealth . org or 817.922.7711 .
BEFORE IN PROGRESS
Construction on the new Graduate Medical Education physician residency program space is underway ; the “ before ” ( top photo ) and “ in progress ” ( photo to the right )
THE COMPASS / BAYLOR SCOTT & WHITE FOUNDATION NEWS / FALL 2020