DRMC Partners with Liberty University to Expand Graduate Medical Education Program

June 1, 2016

Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) recently announced that they are partnering with Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (Lynchburg, VA) to expand their Graduate Medical Education Program. Beginning August 2016, DRMC in partnership with Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County (Martinsville, VA) and local physician practices will train approximately 20 third year Liberty University medical students. The students will live in Danville and do the majority of their clinical rotations locally. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, by 2025 the demand for physicians will exceed supply by a range of 46,000 to 90,000. This furthers DRMC’s commitment to Making Communities Healthier by providing top notch clinical training for future physicians.

“We are thrilled to partner with Liberty University to help ensure that medical students can continue their training in the Dan River region” said Alan Larson, Market President and DRMC Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “This benefits the students as they broaden their experience and establish relationships among those who could potentially become their colleagues. Most importantly, it will have a positive impact on our patients, who will benefit from the innovations in medicine that these new minds will bring to patient care and the patient experience.” 

Since its inception in 2010, DRMC’s Graduate Medical Education program has continued to grow. DRMC currently has an expanded relationship with the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM – Blacksburg, VA).  Medical students from VCOM also train at DRMC and local physician practices in preparation for internship and residency training. DRMC also offers two, three-year residency programs – Internal Medicine and Family Medicine.  Currently, DRMC trains approximately 59 medical students and resident physicians. 

“As a teaching hospital, DRMC is helping to address the high demand for skilled healthcare professionals and will ensure that our community continues to have access to high-quality care” said CEO Larson. 

In addition to training medical students and resident physicians, DRMC also partners with James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA) and Elon University (Elon, NC) to train Physician Assistant students and with Averett University to train baccalaureate nursing students. These students rotate throughout the hospital and work with closely with physicians and nursing staff.