Medical school expands residency programs

BOWLING GREEN, Ky – The Medical Center at Bowling Green celebrated the expansion of the Graduate Medical Education Program with a ribbon cutting Thursday morning.

The Medical Center at Bowling Green, in partnership with the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, currently offers three training programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

“Med school is four years. The first two years are pre-clinical years, so they are in the classroom… and the third and fourth year are clinical rotations, so they are actually in the field,” said Kent Lewis, Student Affairs Officer for the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Bowling Green Campus.

The Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Residency Program has been in operation for four years.

The program will expand its Graduate Medical Education Program by adding three residency programs and two fellowship programs including an Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program, a General Surgery Residency Program, a Transitional Year Residency Program, a Pulmonary Medicine Fellowship Program and an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program. The Medical Center offers residents and fellows the opportunity to learn in a regional teaching facility with state-of-the-art technology and a diverse patient mix under supervision of teaching faculty.

Dr. Don Brown, director of Medical Education and General Surgery Residency Program, said that expansion is expected to continue, “but that’s not it, we’re going to do more in the coming years as well. We have a number of other specialties that we’d like to start programs with.”

As of next month, 58 residents and fellows will be enrolled in graduate medical education programs offered at The Medical Center.