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Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners and Spectrum Health are working together to increase the number of family medicine physicians by opening the Spectrum Health Family Medicine Residency Center.

The center opens on June 21, 2011 and will be staffed by board certified family medicine physicians, resident physicians, a social worker and nursing staff. The center is located at 25 Michigan Street along Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile with convenient covered parking.

“Providing opportunities for education and training for future physicians and other health care providers is part of our mission, ” said Matt Van Vranken, executive vice president, Spectrum Health and president, Spectrum Health Hospital Group. “We are proud to partner with Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners. In addition to creating education opportunities, the center will also expand access to primary care in Grand Rapids.”

“The opening of the new Family Medicine Residency Center within Spectrum Health marks the end of the first phase of a significant collaboration between GRMEP and our partners, ” said Peter Coggan, MD, MSEd, president and CEO, Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners and associate dean, graduate medical education, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. “Spectrum Health’s commitment to medical education and their willingness to devote resources to this project promises to ensure that the center is a major resource for training more family physicians and other health professions students for this community.”

A $3.5 million Affordable Care Act grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, in collaboration with Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners, provided funding for the residencies of 20 new family practice physicians over the next five years. Spectrum Health provided the necessary capital and staffing investments to establish the Spectrum Health Family Medicine Residency Center. The residency center will also serve as an interprofessional training ground for nurses, social workers and pharmacists by providing experience in a clinical setting.

“Family medicine physicians care for people of all ages, from delivering newborns to the end of life, ” said Angela Oostema, MD, Spectrum Health Medical Group and medical director, Spectrum Health Family Medicine Residency Center. “We have a passion for fostering long term relationships with individuals and the entire family. Family medicine focuses on disease prevention as well as the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic medical conditions. When needed, our patients have seamless access to specialists with the Spectrum Health Medical Group.”

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The A.M.A. has fought diligently over the years to mitigate physician shortages on a number of fronts, including efforts to expand funding for graduate medical education and to advocate for more residency slots to train physicians in needed specialties ..

Opinion: Right On, IOM -- Reform Needed in GME  — MedPage Today
.. slamming U.S. medical educators for failing to meet minimal training standards for new physicians, which recommended a major overhaul of government funding for graduate medical education. In addition, NEJM published Perspectives pieces on the topic.

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