Health Care As It Should Be March 2013

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  • Female Urinary Incontinence: Clearing Up Misperceptions and Fear LQ
    Woman to Woman Series
    W, Mar 27, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
    Lisa Lindley, MD, Gynecology,
    Kim Burton, DPT, CSCS, Physical Therapy
    760-610-7205; register by Mar 25. Read More

    Sleep Disorders AC
    W, Mar 27, 4 to 5 p.m.
    Neal Hermanowicz, MD, Neurology/Movement Disorders Specialist
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    Secret to Becoming a Centenarian: The Mediterranean Diet?
    Clark’s Nutrition Lecture Series
    TH, Mar 28, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    Gregory Pecchia, DO, Family Medicine/Geriatrics
    Held at Clark’s Nutrition, Rancho Mirage.
    760-324-4626; register by Mar 27. Read More

    Rally for Respiratory Health AC
    American Lung Association and Eisenhower Renker Wellness Center
    F, Mar 29, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Managing and Treating Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
    909-321-3290 Terry Roberts; free; register by Mar 28. Read More

    Lunch and Learn with the Experts  LC
    Eisenhower BIGHORN Radiation Oncology Center
    M, Apr 1, noon to 1:30 p.m.
    Robert Johnson, MD, Radiation Oncology, and Pamela Jones-Van der Nagel, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
    760-834-3798; register by Mar 29. Read More

    The Osteoporosis: Break a Leg and All That Jazz AC
    M, Apr 1,11 a.m. to noon
    Occupational therapy strategies for living safely with osteoporosis.
    Danielle Meglio, COTA-C, MLT/CDT, Occupational Therapy.
    760-568-1234; register by Apr 1.  Read More

    Vegetarianism 101 LQ
    W, Apr 3, 1 to 2p.m.
    Barbra Sassower, MPH, RD, CDE
    760-610-7205; register Apr 3.Read More

    Aching Hips and Knees 2013: An Orthopedic Surgery Perspective LQ
    Argyros Health and Wellness Series
    TH, Apr 4, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    John DeSantis, DO, Rufus Gore, MD and Jason Weisstein, MD, Orthopedic Surgery
    760-610-7205; register by Apr 3. Read More

 

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Eisenhower’s New Residency Programs Fill All Positions

This summer, Eisenhower Medical Center will welcome 22 medical school graduates to its residency programs. The Coachella Valley’s first Teaching Hospital recently learned that it has filled 100 percent of the spots in the hospital’s first-ever residency program match — just four percent of community hospitals starting multiple, new, medium-to-large size programs actually fill all available slots in a residency program’s first year.

How does the “match” process work?
Medical school graduates from around the world apply to residency programs via the electronic residency application service (ERAS). They are then matched with their residency programs through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), on what is commonly known as Match Day. This year, Match Day fell on March 15 — the day when applicants found out where they will perform their residencies.

Eisenhower Medical Center’s School of Graduate Medical Education and Research residency programs include Family Medicine and Internal Medicine. Eisenhower’s matching process began months earlier through an application method coordinated by ERAS and 17 weeks of interviews. Residency programs throughout the country interview applicants and rank them. Similarly, medical students rank the programs in the order of their preference.

Each spring, the applicants and residency programs create a rank list, then wait to be matched through the NRMP. Computers process both students’ and programs’ lists at the same time. Medical students are then assigned to their highest-ranking program of choice that also expressed interest in them.

“We are thrilled that our new Family Medicine and Internal Medicine residency programs filled all of their available spots in the match this year,” says G. Aubrey Serfling, President and Chief Executive Officer. Adds Joseph Scherger, MD, MPH, Vice President, Primary Care and Academic Affairs, “We are delighted to welcome a diverse group of highly qualified residents from medical schools in the United States and abroad.”

Since Eisenhower’s residency programs filled all available positions in the match, Eisenhower was able to avoid the first year of the supplemental offer and acceptance program, or SOAP — NRMP’s program to pair unmatched applicants with unfilled programs.

Eisenhower Medical Center launched its new School of Graduate Medical Education and Research in November 2011. Accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for the School’s residency programs makes Eisenhower one of 25 community hospitals in California to become a teaching hospital. Of the nearly 6,000 hospitals in the country, only six percent are teaching hospitals. An independent Reuter’s survey found that the Valley had a deficit of 102 primary care physicians based on physician/population ratios. By launching the School of Graduate Medical Education and Research and filling all 22 residency positions, Eisenhower is working to fulfill this need.