ST. JOHN’S RIVERSIDE HOSPITAL IS NEWEST TEACHING SITE FOR LAKE ERIE COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE
7/25/2013 1:38 PM
St. John’s Riverside Hospital and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) jointly announced today that the hospital, which includes three separate facilities and employs a provider medical staff of more than 300 people, is the newest teaching site for medical students, residents and fellows from the nation’s largest medical college. Hospital leaders, as well as administrators from LECOM and medical students beginning their rotation through St. John’s, are celebrating the transformation of St. John’s to an academic environment.
“Having students and eventually residents and fellows in our hospital will make us stronger, enhancing the patient experience and helping our organization maintain its position as a leader in the provision of quality healthcare in the City of Yonkers as well as Westchester County,” said Ronald J. Corti, President & CEO of St. John’s Riverside Hospital.
The program is also expected to help the hospital recruit and retain providers in the local area.
“LECOM has graduated more than 3,700 osteopathic physicians, the majority of whom become primary care physicians,” said Paul Antonecchia, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President, Medical Affairs, of St. John’s Riverside Hospital. “The entire nation is experiencing a shortage of this type of care practitioner, and we expect that training students in our hospital will better position us to get and keep providers in our area.”
LECOM officials said that given its size, location and outstanding medical staff St. John’s can provide a unique and valuable experience to many of its students. “This clinical experience prepares our osteopathic physicians to function in the role of the healthcare team leader and encourages them to impact positively on the equality of patient care and healthcare delivery systems ultimately improving access for individuals and their families,” commented Regan Shabloski, D.O., Assistant Dean of Clinical Education at LECOM.
“Combining quality, specialty health care in a community setting with hands-on training and direct mentorship from highly skilled and experienced providers at St. John’s facilities will make our students into the best doctors they can be,” said Michael DiGiorno, DO, Medical Director of the program at St. John’s and a graduate of the LECOM.
Members of the current class of students at St. John’s are performing rotations in family medicine, internal medicine and emergency medicine over the next 10 months. The problem-based learning format of the program also requires students to present patient cases and participate in facilitated discussion sessions with the medical staff. Patients receiving care at these locations can expect to interact with the students, who will take patient histories and perform exams, as well as attend rounds and surgery with the physicians.
The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine offers innovative and affordable education in osteopathic medicine, dental medicine and pharmacy. From campuses in Erie, Pa., Greensburg, Pa., and Bradenton, Fla., LECOM provides student-centered pathways to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals. For more information, please visit http://www.lecom.edu.
The Lake Erie Consortium for Osteopathic Medical Training provides interns and residents with a variety of internship and residency programs. Post-doctoral programs are available at LECOMT affiliated hospitals in Arizona, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan, Indiana, and New York. For more information, please call (814) 866-8136 or visit http://lecom.edu/phys_lecomt.php.
St. John’s Riverside Hospital is a 407-bed hospital that has provided health care to the City of Yonkers and southern Westchester since 1869. Approximately 400 physicians, representing almost every medical and surgical specialty, are on staff. Riverside Health Care System, Inc. includes St. John’s Andrus, Dobbs Ferry and ParkCare Pavilions, the Cochran School of Nursing and the Michael N. Malotz Skilled Nursing Pavilion. For more information please visit RiversideHealth.org