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Meritus launches new family residency program

Meritus Health has started its new family medicine residency program.

“There is nothing else like this in our area,” Dr. Doug Spotts, vice president and chief population health officer for Meritus Health, said in a news release. “Our program has attracted physicians from Maryland and surrounding states for interdisciplinary training in specialty care, right here in our community hospital.”

The Meritus Family Medicine Residency Program will admit its first residents to the Meritus Health campus on July 1. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

The program will offer physicians three years of structured, supervised training alongside Meritus Medical Center’s medical staff, the release said.

The program will be based at Robinwood Professional Center, Suite 200, a 17,000-square-foot practice center.

In addition, Meritus Family Medicine will relocate from Suite 107 to Suite 200 alongside the new program in the coming weeks.

“Residencies are essentially apprenticeship training in a specialty, in this case, family-medicine expertise for primary-care physicians,” Dr. Paul Quesenberry, program director, said in the release. “Our physicians, who already provide first-class care in this county, have now chosen to deepen their commitment to the community by training the next generation of doctors.

“This program will increase access to care for our community, as national studies show that 60% to 70% of physicians participating in residency programs will stay and practice medicine within 50 to 60 miles of their training site once they graduate board-certified.”

Starting May 28, new patients were being accepted by the faculty physicians from the residency program. Anyone in need of a primary-care provider may contact the practice at 301-714-4400.

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