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Legacy changing Transitional Year Residency Program

February 2014

By Charles Bruce, manager, Graduate Medical Education, and Brenda Hanke, director, Physician Support Services

Due to declining demand for Transitional Year (TY) Residency positions and increasing accreditation requirements, Legacy will merge its TY Residency Program with the Legacy Internal Medicine Residency Program. It is creating six new medicine preliminary positions to accommodate the change, which will become effective in July 2014.

Legacy Health has a long and rich history of educating physicians. Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center was the original site of the University of Oregon Medical School, and Legacy Emanuel Medical Center has been a training site for physicians since 1924.

There have been a variety of residency programs offered over the years, and these have evolved and changed to fit the needs of our medical staff, our institutions and our community. The latest change is to Legacy’s Transitional Year Residency Program.

Training for sub-specialties

Transitional Year programs are for first-year residents who will complete training in a sub-specialty such as ophthalmology or radiology. Legacy Health’s eight TY residents train at Legacy Good Samaritan and Legacy Emanuel in both medical and surgical specialties. The new medicine preliminary positions are substantially the same as TY positions. We are confident that they will attract a similar caliber of residents as has the TY program. This change to our training programs will continue to support Legacy’s future medical staff needs and the needs of our community.

We are deeply grateful to Dr. Darcy Deering, the TY program director for the past eight years. During her tenure, she has been able to consistently recruit some of the best and brightest young physicians from across the country.

TY graduates

We have been fortunate to welcome several TY graduates back to Legacy facilities as medical staff members. Some notable graduates include:

Blake Acohido, M.D., Ophthalmology, Legacy Emanuel
Murtaza Diwan, M.D., Anesthesiology, Legacy Good Samaritan
Andrea D’Ostroph, M.D., Ophthalmology, Legacy Good Samaritan
Daniel Holland, M.D., Ophthalmology, Legacy Mount Hood
Nancy Karsten, M.D., Emergency Medicine, Legacy Mount Hood
Jennifer Lyons, M.D., Ophthalmology, Legacy Mount Hood
Kent Meckling, M.D., Anesthesiology, Legacy Emanuel
Douglas Meier, M.D., Ophthalmology, Legacy Good Samaritan
Allison Pearl, M.D., Diagnostic Radiology, Legacy Good Samaritan
David Perlman, M.D., Family Practice, Legacy Good Samaritan
Nicholas Schiller, M.D., Anesthesiology, Legacy Salmon Creek
Rebekah Trochmann, M.D., Legacy Good Samaritan
Sandra Vilhauer, M.D., Pediatrics, Legacy Emanuel  
Steven Urman, M.D., Diagnostic Radiology, Legacy Mount Hood

Please note: While we made every attempt to make this list inclusive, some Transitional Year graduates may have been unintentionally omitted. Our apologies to anyone we missed.

Teaching opportunities

In addition to our TY and internal medicine programs, Legacy Health also sponsors a three-year podiatric medicine and surgery residency, as well as fellowship programs in ophthalmology, bariatric surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, and head and neck oncologic surgery.

Additionally, Legacy partners with Oregon Health & Science University, Western University of Health Sciences and numerous other educational institutions to provide clinical experience for medical students, residents, fellows and physician assistant students. Last year, Legacy hospitals and clinics hosted more than 500 visiting trainees, and the number is growing as medical schools expand to meet future physician demand.

While teaching is not an option for everyone, there are many opportunities for physicians who want to teach. If you are interested in teaching, or if you have been approached by an outside institution about teaching at Legacy facilities, please contact the Legacy Graduate Medical Education office at 503-413-7559. You can also find out more information online about medical education at Legacy. (logon required)

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