Group aims to bring medical residencies to northwest Indiana - January 24, 2017

Courtesy of The Times of Northwest Indiana • January 24, 2017

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Officials say members of the medical student class of 2019 at Indiana University-Northwest in Gary could be the first to do their residencies in the region.

Representatives of nine health care providers signed a letter of intent Tuesday to form a non-profit consortium to support as many as 165 residents in family, internal and emergency medicine, general surgery and other specialties.

IU School of Medicine Northwest Director Dr. Patrick Bankston said it’s unusual for a school of its size not to have a local residency option. Half of its graduates last year are doing their residencies in Illinois.

He says the residency program could increase the supply of physicians in northwestern Indiana and the quality of health care.

The consortium’s members include Community Healthcare System, Methodist Hospitals and LaPorte Hospital.