The Indiana Graduate Medical Education Board has approved seven new residency positions for the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. The school says the positions will help to address the state’s need for more physicians.
The residency positions are in the areas of obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, pediatric psychiatry, emergency medicine and family medicine. The positions were created through seed funding from the state, which was supplemented by Indiana University Health and Eskenazi Health.
"A physician who has served his or her residency in Indiana is more likely to remain in Indiana to practice," said Michelle Howenstine, senior associate dean for graduate medical education and continuing medical education. "That’s proven statistically and, in fact, Indiana does better than most states when it comes to retaining the physicians trained here. With these additional residency slots, we’ll make headway toward filling the need that Hoosier communities have for physicians."
Additionally, the board also approved funding for the school to develop residency programs in other locations throughout the state. The IU School of Medicine – Arnett Family Medicine Residency program will begin in July 2018 with 15 residents at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette. More than 60 residents are expected for another program in southwestern Indiana beginning in 2019.