Peak Vista announces residency program

Peak Vista Community Health Centers and Rocky Vista University (RVU), in collaboration with the members of Community Health Partnership (CHP), announce the Peak Vista Family Medicine Residency Program, a three-year program accredited by the American Osteopathic Association.

“There is a growing shortage of primary care physicians exacerbated by an increasing demand for primary care in our community,” said Michael Welch, D.O., Peak Vista vice president of medical and dental services. “The residency program is a community effort to address this dilemma.”

Designed to grow the local physician workforce, the residency program will collaborate with community physicians, hospital systems and health care agencies on an ongoing basis.

“The members of CHP recognize the criticality of this program for our community and fully support this initiative,” said Dr. Joel Dickerman, CHP medical director. Dickerman will take on the additional role as program director of the residency program.

Slated to begin July 1, the program will consist of up to eight resident physicians in the first academic year and has the potential to grow by eight positions per year over a three year cycle.

The residency program is funded by a Teaching Health Center award from HRSA Bureau of Health Professions Division of Health and Dentistry. The funding is based on residents and is capped at $1.2 million.

“We are thrilled that through this funding we will be able to initiate and launch a new graduate medical education program dedicated to training primary care physicians in Colorado Springs,” commented RVU Vice Dean Thomas Mohr, D.O. “This new residency program will benefit the community through excellent medical care for those patients most in need.”

“This opportunity comes after years of collaboration with Peak Vista to develop a quality medical education partnership,” said RVU Interim Dean Thomas Told, D.O. “Funding support of this magnitude will go a long way to assure we can accomplish that goal.”