Dell Medical School, Ascension Seton’s graduate medical training program doubles number of residents since 2015 – The Daily Texan

The number of medical residents at Dell Medical School and Ascension Seton has nearly doubled since 2015 and is expected to increase from there, according to a recent Press release.

With the expansion of graduate medical education programs, the number of medical residents and fellows associated with Dell Medical School and Ascension Seton has grown to 401 – a 55% increase since 2015 – according to the release from hurry. The number of residents and fellows is expected to increase to 466 by 2026.

Residents are “medical school graduates pursuing three to seven years of post-graduate training” in a particular specialty, according to the press release. Fellows pursue at least one year of training in a subspecialty after their residency.

Dell Medical School and Ascension Seton collaborated in 2015 to expand existing graduate medical education programs. Since then, the partnership has created 31 new programs in various fields.

“We have a long history of involvement in medical education in Austin,” said Steve Conti, division director of academic affairs for Ascension Seton. “What Dell Medical School has brought to this is the standard of excellence that the University of Texas is known for.”

During the 2022 academic year, residents and fellows provided 730,000 hours of patient care at more than 80 sites, including local Ascension Seton hospitals and community health centers, according to the news release.

“We can’t do any of this without our community partners,” said Jonathan MacClements, Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education at Dell Medical. “Our partners help us with our educational opportunities because higher medical education involves a lot of clinical work. We rely heavily on their commitment to help train the next generation.

Dell Medical School and Ascension Seton create graduate medical education programs based on community needs. Conti said future areas likely to see expansion include primary care, women’s services and children’s services.

The programs follow the signature of the medical school Advancing Care Transformation program that aims to teach residents how to tackle systemic issues in health care. Additionally, some of the places where residents work are classified as safety net hospitals, which are institutions that provide care to patients regardless of their insurance status.

“We want our residents to learn how to be part of teams to provide top-notch health care to the community,” MacClements said. “We couldn’t do what we do in our community without our training programs. (Residents) work in safety net hospitals that were designed to care for the underserved. Providing the highest quality care to the underserved is one of the visions and missions of higher medical education.

Simin Golestani, president of the residents’ association and a fifth-year general surgery resident at Dell Medical School, said working with her co-residents and referring physicians has served as an important support system over the years.

“The residency made me grow in a way I didn’t even think I could grow in,” said Gulistan. “Now I feel like I have a lot more confidence in my abilities to take care of people. It gave me a lot of gratitude for this work, because it is a privilege to be able to take care of patients.

The increase in the number of residents and fellows comes amid a growing population and shortage of doctors in central Texas. According another Dell Medical School press releasethe statewide doctor shortage will increase by 66% from 2018 to 2032.

“This is a fast-growing market,” Conti said. “While we have the training programs we have today in place, and expect them to meet future needs, they are constantly evolving. Part of growth is meeting (the doctor shortage through training) more doctors in areas where we see a deep need.

Ascension Seton entered into a 25-year partnership with Dell Medical School in 2015, Conti said. Based on community needs assessments, institutions remain flexible in expanding, reduce or create higher medical education programs in the future.

“At the end of the day, what we’re trying to do is provide the best quality care to all patients on an equitable basis,” MacClements said. “Our hearts (as doctors) are to take care of people.

Ryan H. Bowman