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St. Mary Mercy Livonia becomes a teaching hospital
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Health System partners with University of Toledo to create and expand medical residency programs

St. Mary Mercy Hospital is implementing, for the first time, a graduate medical education program (GME) through an affiliation with the University of Toledo College of Medicine (UTCOM). The program, which designates St. Mary Mercy as a teaching hospital, includes medical student education, residency, research and training programs, and is expected to launch in summer 2010. St. Mary Mercy (a member of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System) and UTCOM will collaborate on approximately 10 new residency and fellowship programs and host nearly 150 residents.

It is predicted that by the year 2020, demand for physicians will exceed supply by 200,000 across the United States. As supply and demand grows, so does the challenge to identify strategies to continue to invest in physician training in order to recruit and retain a quality physician base needed to maintain and expand health care services.

“With this new residency program, St. Mary Mercy Hospital will offer our communities increased access, and long term access to physicians, nursing, pharmacy and other health professions,” said David Spivey, president and CEO, St. Mary Mercy Hospital.

Family medicine and internal medicine are the initial programs of focus for St. Mary Mercy and expect to be approved for accreditation soon. The program directors are: Kenneth Grimm, MD, family medicine; and Jeffrey Yanez, MD, internal medicine, both medical staff members of St. Mary Mercy Hospital.

Future potential graduate medical education residency programs at St. Mary Mercy Hospital may include obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, general surgery, emergency medicine, transitional year, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, podiatry and dermatology. “We are well on our way to bringing graduate medical education to St. Mary Mercy, and we expect the first residents to begin in summer 2010,” said Spivey.

This GME program is part of an expanded agreement with Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS), of which St. Mary Mercy is a member hospital, and University of Toledo College of Medicine. This partnership will be complementary to SJMHS's existing relationships with the University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Michigan State University. For University of Toledo, this will improve access to clinical training sites for its students through a large health care system. "As a multiple hospital system, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System has substantial untapped capacity to train more medical students, residents, and health professions students than are currently enrolled in the system," says Bruce Deighton, PhD, chief academic affairs officer, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. “We are pleased to add St. Mary Mercy Hospital as one of those sites.”

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