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Good Shepherd, UTHSC residency program's impact on East Texas

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - With all the excitement if a movie premiere, U.T. Health Science Center and Good Shepherd formed a partnership to create a 3-year internal medicine residency program at the hospital.

"With proposed health care reform coming, there's going to be an increase demand for more primary care doctors which we currently can't meet the demand," said Dr. David Coultas, program director

The program could include as many as 54 residents, and have a major economic impact.

"Each of these physicians that go out and practice will generate each year, in just having an office, $1,300,000," said Dr. Kirk Calhoun, the UTHSC president.

Good Shepherd provides the perfect venue for residency.

"Good Shepherd does 20,000 admissions a year, has a lot of patients that come through the emergency room - 88,000...so they're going to be exposed to a lot of patients who need care and this is going to make them a well rounded internal medicine student," said Ed Banos, GSMC president and CEO.

It is estimated that Texas will need another 40,000 doctors by 2025, and this program is geared to keeping them in Texas.

"Well, I think the most important thing to realize is that physicians tend to stay in the communities where they do their residency training," said Calhoun. "So this is going to be great for East Texas, great for this community and we're very excited."

Texas currently ranks 42nd in the United States for the number of physicians per capita.

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