Future physicians are training to help address a severe shortage of healthcare professionals in South Texas thanks to the Laredo Medical Center Residency Program created in partnership with the Laredo Medical Center and the University of the Incarnate Word.
When it launched in July 2018, the program was the first-ever graduate medical education training program in the region. In its first year, it offered eight residencies in family medicine and nine in internal medicine. Since its launch, residents have had tens of thousands of patient encounters in clinic and hospital settings, including in the emergency department, admitting, surgical assistance and more. Residents work with physicians to provide patient care.
Today, 33 residents, two staff members and nine physicians are hard at work expanding clinical knowledge and elevating patient care in the region through the residency program. The 2019 residents were selected from 2,400 applications from medical students all over the country.