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UH Parma Medical Center to train medical residents in primary care starting July 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

PARMA – The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) is establishing a medical residency program at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center to train future primary care physicians.

Christopher Loyke, DO, UH Parma Medical Center’s Chief Medical Officer and a longtime mentor and educator of medical students, will serve as the Director of Medical Education. The three-year training program is expected to take up to 10 internal medicine and 10 family practice residents in its first session, which begins July 1, 2015.

“Education is a huge part of our mission at University Hospitals, and it’s one of the most gratifying aspects of being a physician,” says Dr. Loyke. “As evidenced at academic medical centers like UH Case Medical Center, graduate medical education accelerates the level of care, and everybody improves when you become a teaching hospital. Education is the tide that raises all the boats.”

LECOM, based in Erie, Pa., is the nation’s largest medical college and the only academic health center in the osteopathic profession. UH Bedford and UH Richmond medical centers, campuses of UH Regional Hospitals, have been affiliated with LECOM over the past decade for internships and fellowships in primary care and a number of specialties. A graduate residency program also will be established at UH Elyria Medical Center, which along with UH Parma Medical Center joined the UH health system in January 2014.

“UH Parma Medical Center is a great choice for this program, with a well-established network of primary care physicians,” says UH Chief Medical Officer Michael Anderson, MD, MBA, FAAP. “We expect to graduate well-trained primary care physicians who will practice within our communities in Northeast Ohio."

The United States faces an acute shortage of primary care physicians, exacerbated by an aging physician workforce, 15 million patients becoming eligible for Medicare and 32 million younger patients gaining access to insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

For more information on the residency information or to apply, contact Dr. Loyke at 440-743-4022 or cloyke@parmahospital.org.

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