Vidant Medical Center proud to train residents


GREENVILLE N.C. (WNCT) – It may not be an easy job, but training residents to become future healthcare providers is something Vidant Medical Center is proud to do.

Of the 100 new residents Vidant receives each July, about 20 percent of them come from the Brody School of Medicine.

Dr. Herb Garrison, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education for Brody, said residents also help the hospital keep up in the ever changing healthcare world.

“The residents ask me questions that I have to think about, and that helps keep me on the cutting edge of learning,” Garrison said.

Garrison said many of the residents they receive from Brody already have a vested interest in serving people in the East. But he also said those coming from outside the state often times develop that mentality too.

“We have people come from other parts of the country that say, gosh this is a great place to train and come here, and then stay here,” Garrison said.

In all, about 33 percent of Vidant’s residents will stay to practice in Eastern North Carolina, while 45 percent of the residents will stay in the state. Half of those residents will end up practicing in primary care medicine.

However, because residents have very little experience in the hospital, Garrison said they are closely supervised. They use a system called graduated responsibility.

“We don’t really let them move from one part of their training until their competent in that part of their training without being closely supervised,” he said.

Typically, residents will stay for about three years.

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