Inaugural Program Welcomes Physician Residents for Summer 2019

The Valley Health System Graduate Medical Education (VHSGME) Consortium filled 100 percent of its residency openings for its new Family Medicine and General Surgery programs during the National Resident Matching Program’s Match Week activities earlier this month.

Andrew M. Eisen, MD, FAAP​

“We have an outstanding group of physician residents who will join our programs this summer,” said Andrew Eisen, MD, Chief Academic Officer for VHSGME. “The match is a very competitive process which begins in the last year of medical school, and includes applications, on-site interviews and ranking by both the residency program directors and the prospective residents. We’re very excited to welcome our inaugural class when they begin their orientation in late June.” 

“I’m very pleased with the caliber of physician residents who will be joining our two programs this year,” said Karla Perez, Regional Vice President for The Valley Health System. “Our GME programs will focus on providing high-quality care to patients in our hospitals and the community, and also create opportunities for physicians who want to remain in southern Nevada to practice medicine.” 

The Family Medicine program is under the direction of Thomas Hunt, MD, Family Medicine Program Director for The Valley Health System and the Chair of the Department of Family Medicine for Roseman University College of Medicine in Nevada. The Family Medicine program will welcome 10 first-year residents. The three-year program focuses on primary care and preventive medicine and will include training in both outpatient clinics and hospitals. Family Medicine residents will rotate through Southwest Medical outpatient clinics as well as Spring Valley and Summerlin hospitals for inpatient rotations. 

The General Surgery program is under the direction of Saju Joseph, MD, General Surgery Program Director for The Valley

Macie Enman on Match Day

Health System and begins with 16 residents, including four physicians who have already completed some prior residency training and will join the program as second-year residents; four first-year residents committed to 5 years of training; and eight residents enrolled for one year of preliminary training. The program will feature a mix of simulation and operating room experiences, research, clinic follow-up with patients, and classroom education, all providing preparation for Board Certification by the American Board of Surgery (ABS). Surgery residents will rotate through Desert Springs, Henderson, Spring Valley and Summerlin hospitals for the majority of their residency, but will also do rotations at UCLA Medical Center for transplant and hepatobiliary surgery and at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada for trauma rotations in collaboration with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The 26 residents graduated from 21 different medical schools. The standard first day of clinical work for all resident physicians in the United States is July 1, regardless of the day of the week.

The Valley Health System is planning to offer future residency programs in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Psychiatry.

Valley Hospital, which is also part of The Valley Health System, has offered graduate medical education programs since 2006; current residencies include Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology and Orthopedic Surgery, along with Fellowships in Gastroenterology and Pulmonary/Critical Care. 

About The Valley Health System

The Valley Health System (VHS), the Official Health System of The Vegas Golden Knights, cares for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding communities. Accredited by The Joint Commission, VHS hospitals provide a comprehensive array of medical services including cardiovascular, neurosciences, maternity and women’s health, emergency and surgical care, along with specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, pediatrics, orthopedics, diabetes, wound care, surgical weight loss/bariatrics, geropsychiatric services and acute inpatient rehabilitation units. For more information, visit www.valleyhealthsystemlv.com.