As a teaching hospital, Valley Hospital has provided graduate medical education and training to 277 physicians since establishing its graduate medical education (GME) program in 2006.
“The residents and fellows graduating from our program this month played an important role in our community over the past three years," said C. Dean Milne, DO, Medical Director of Graduate Medical Education for Valley Hospital. "They cared for #1October patients when they began in 2017, and they finished by caring for COVID-19 patients this spring. What they learned and applied, especially with the pandemic, played an incredible role in their training, and they will carry those key lessons learned throughout their career. We wish them the very best as they begin the next chapter of their careers.”
Throughout its history, the Valley Hospital GME program has worked diligently to offer medical experiences and acquire expertise that would help new physicians join local private practices, establish their own businesses, join a hospitalist group, or continue their training in specialty or through military service. “I believe their acceptance rate into various practices and fellowships speaks to the quality of our program through physician leadership, faculty and program design,” said Claude Wise, CEO/Managing Director of Valley Hospital.
Valley Hospital is pleased to contribute to increasing the number of primary care physicians in our community with three of the five Family Medicine graduating physicians remaining here in Las Vegas in urgent care and primary care practices.
Of those leaving the state, many are pursuing specialized training in fellowships, including three entering Nephrology specialties in New York and California. One of the Internal Medicine graduates will join Valley Hospital’s Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship program.
Another of the 2020 highlights includes the third graduating class of Orthopedic Surgery residency maintaining the program’s 100 percent fellowship acceptance rate with fellowship appointments into orthopedic surgery programs at University of Texas Health Sciences and Wake Forest University.
Welcoming a New Class
On June 26, 2020, Valley Hospital will welcome a new class of 24 physician residents and four fellows with a traditional White Coat Ceremony. The White Coat Ceremony is considered a rite of passage in the journey toward becoming a physician. It marks the transition from the study of preclinical health sciences to clinical service, and the long white coats of a physician are officially presented. The long white coat is the symbol of physician clinical service.
Valley Hospital offers residency programs in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology and Orthopedic Surgery, along with Fellowships in Gastroenterology and Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine.