February 12, 2014

CVPH plans residency program

PLATTSBURGH — CVPH Medical Center intends to bring more primary-care physicians to the local community.

At the hospital’s recent annual Advisory Board meeting, CVPH President and CEO Stephens Mundy announced plans to implement a three-year residency program.

Based at the Plattsburgh hospital, the Champlain Valley Family Medicine Residency would be a university-affiliated program supported by Fletcher Allen Health Care and the University of Vermont.


Mundy told meeting attendees that CVPH has had difficulty recruiting and retaining primary-care physicians to serve the community and that 100 primary-care providers will be needed by 2018.

However, he added, more than 60 percent of medical residents set up practice in the community in which they completed their residency.

The hope is that having a local program will attract more primary-care physicians to this area.

“If they spend three years here, the likelihood that they’re going to stay in our community is greatly increased,” Mundy said.


“Well-trained family-medicine physicians are the backbone to an advanced primary-care system that provides high-quality and cost-effective care to the community, Dr. John King, vice chair and professor of family medicine at the University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Health Care, said in an email to the Press-Republican.

“As the health system moves toward accountable-care organizations with a global budget, a strong primary-care system will be essential.”

In order to obtain medical licensure and board certification in a specialty, he noted, physicians must complete a residency after medical school.


Each year, the CVPH program would accept four new residents, who would work under the supervision of an attending physician and gain autonomy over the course of their training, according to King.

Family-medicine residents, he said, become skilled in applying a patient-centered approach and coordinating care that requires input from many specialties.

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