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School of Medicine approved for new residency program

By Lexi Browning
On June 18, 2014

Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has received approval from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to launch West Virginia’s third psychiatry residency-training program in the upcoming year. Dr. Suzanne Holroyd, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, announced in a conference May 15 that the program is set to debut in July 2015.
In order to accommodate the program, the Psychiatry Department has taken necessary action to produce a website, advertisement distribution an application process for potential residents. Four students will be accepted into the program per year, allowing a maximum of 16 residents.
Dr. Joseph Shapiro, dean of the School of Medicine, said the residency program is beneficial for the Huntington community.
“I think we’re underserved in terms of the number of psychiatrists and behavioral health specialists in the region,” Shapiro said. “This will create a pipeline for new doctors in the area to practice, which will attract the social workers and psychologists and other practitioners that support psychiatric practice.”
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cabell County is one of 52 medically underserved areas in West Virginia. The residency program’s implementation is expected to add new, long term psychiatrists to the Huntington area, which is included in the underserved studies.
 Shapiro said the creation of the residency mandates the gathering of enough talent both in and outside the Huntington area to have an effective training program that immediately enriches the community.
Training applications will be distributed in the fall 2014 semester in order to recruit first-year residents to start training in July. Accepted residents will receive training at seven sites in the area including Cabell-Huntington Hospital, Marshall Psychiatry and Mildred Mitchell Bateman State Hospital.
“Starting the psychiatry residency program is a huge step both for the medical school as well as the community and our partners, “ said Stephen J. Kopp, president of Marshall.
“When you look at the mental health care needs for the greater Huntington area and throughout the state, they’re enormous. We don’t have anywhere near the physicians that can help us solve issues at hand.”
The addition of the psychiatry residency program marks the School of Medicine’s eighth residency program and creates an opportunity for Marshall’s current medical students to practice close to home.
“When you look at the network that’s been established,” Kopp said. “Dr. Holroyd’s done a wonderful job building coalition partners. That’s what it takes to be successfully put a solid, forward-looking residency program together. Under Dr. Shapiro’s leadership they’ve put this together, and I’m very proud of the progress that’s been made. I can’t wait to see the first residency class graduate.”
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