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Growing Residency Programs boost healthcare in Southwest Indiana

On Friday, March 18, 2022, twenty-four newly minted physicians were notified of their acceptance into the Southwest Indiana Internal Medicine Residency Program. The program was launched in June of 2020 to expand much needed primary health care to the people of southwest Indiana and to serve in rural communities in need of care.

Match Day is one of the most significant days for graduating medical students. Across the world, these students learn where they will spend the next years to continue their training. After completing their residencies, nearly 70 percent of physicians often choose to practice medicine near the location of their programs, thus improving health outcomes and quality of life directly in the community.

The Southwest Indiana Internal Medicine Program is sponsored through Indiana University School of Medicine and receives funding by the Indiana Graduate Medical Education Board, established in 2015 to expand opportunities across the state. The resident physicians train at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes and Ascension St. Vincent Evansville.

“Now in our third year, our program is innovative in its approach with rigorous educational experiences reflected in both inpatient and outpatient settings,” said Program Director Adrian Singson, M.D. “As the program fully matures, I attribute our success to the residents themselves. Our residents have presented at national conferences, such as the ACP and the ACG, and have publications in internationally recognized journals such as the British Medical Journal. Finally, they provide the bulk of internal medicine care in the southwest region of Indiana. They are hardworking, trailblazing, and adventurous, qualities that make them uniquely suited to building and establishing a residency program.”

Ascension St. Vincent Evansville is a regional care provider, with significant subspecialty resources and a large referral population from southern Indiana, southeastern Illinois as well as western Kentucky. Good Samaritan has a large underserved primary care base in southern Indiana, which extends almost 100 miles into four counties of southeastern Illinois. The residency program is a part of the Southwest Indiana Graduate Medical Education Consortium, an initiative of allied IU School of Medicine residency programs intended to provide care and to address the physician shortage in the region.