Dignity Health East Valley is launching graduate medical education programs to address Arizona’s physician workforce shortage and meet the health care demands of the East Valley.
The programs, which have received accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, will providetraining to medical graduates in general surgery, internal medicine and family medicine.
The public announcement came ahead of National Resident Matching Day on March 17, when 28 fourth-year medical students were named to Dignity Health East Valley’s inaugural class of residents. They begin their medical training at Dignity Health East Valley, which encompasses Dignity Health Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers, in July.
“The launch of a GME program is an important milestone in our history at Dignity Health East Valley,” Mark Slyter, president and CEO of Dignity Health East Valley, said in a release. “We look forward to welcoming our first class of residents and are excited to contribute to the development of the next generation of medicine.”
Arizona, like many states, is facing a critical shortage of physicians. Based on data from the Arizona Center for Rural Health Policy Brief, the state will require more than 1,900 more primary care physicians by 2030 due to population growth, higher rates of chronic disease and aging.
“There is no question that Arizona is experiencing a shortage of health care workers,” Roger Bies, chief medical officer for Dignity Health East Valley, said in the release. “The development of our GME program is a crucial step to ensure our commitment of providing high quality health care services to our growing community and to strengthen Arizona’s physician workforce.”
The residency program will be driven by innovations in medicine, technology and research. It is expected to grow to include 126 medical residents by 2028 and include residents in emergency medicine and OB/GYN.