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Orange Regional Medical Center Earns Teaching Hospital Designation

June 21, 2014

Middletown, NY – Orange Regional Medical Center has received approval from the American Osteopathic Association to conduct a new Family Medicine Residency Program. As a teaching hospital, Orange Regional will educate medical students and train resident physicians. Family Medicine Residents will begin their training July 2014.

Orange Regional’s Vice Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine John Dermigny, D.O. was named Program Director, while Orange Regional’s Vice President of Medical Affairs Jim Oxley, DO has assumed the role of Director of Medical Education and Chief Medical Officer. Ronald Israelski, MD will serve as the Director of Academic Affairs.

Currently, Orange Regional hosts 10 medical students from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) for their clinical rotations. Starting July 2014, the program will sponsor 27 medical students with the number of students increasing to more than 40 in subsequent years. Clinical clerkships provide third and fourth year medical students the opportunity to rotate through the hospital and experience the practice of medical specialties, treating patients under the supervision of a physician, completing physical exams on patients, taking progress notes, soliciting patient histories and assisting in surgeries and with procedures.

“We are extremely excited to partner with TouroCOM in offering undergraduate medical students clerkship opportunities in our state-of-the-art facility. Our residency program will train young physicians from across the country interested in Family Medicine,” states Orange Regional’s President & CEO Scott Batulis. “We have an experienced and highly trained physician staff that can provide a tremendous amount of knowledge to medical students at different levels of their studies.”

The three-year residency program will provide each resident with training in areas of osteopathic family medical practice and manipulative treatment, or hands-on care, and will prepare them for certification in osteopathic family practice.

“Our residency program offers medical students a great opportunity to develop the clinical skills and tools needed to practice in the real world of medicine,” says Program Director Dr. John Dermigny. “The overall goal is to develop the knowledge, compassionate behavior and caring attitudes that are worthy of a family practice physician.”

Residents in the Family Medicine Program will train under the guidance of dedicated physicians who are leaders in their field of practice in areas such as Inpatient Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Women’s Health, Pediatrics, Surgery, Geriatrics, Diagnostic Imaging and Behavioral Medicine. Orange Regional anticipates expanding its residency programs to include Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry.

“Orange Regional’s designation as a teaching hospital is a major milestone for medical education in the Hudson Valley,” said Dr. Alan Kadish, President & CEO of Touro College and University System. “Our medical students who now rotate from our Manhattan campus will benefit from the clinical training opportunities provided by the hospital’s world-class medical professionals and state-of-the-art facilities. In the end, the local community will be the ultimate beneficiary, as this initiative will boost the quality of healthcare delivery throughout the Hudson Valley region.”

Orange Regional’s commitment to medical education provides medical students and participants in the Family Medicine Residency Program the opportunity for a quality education and the prospect of remaining in the Hudson Valley to care for and treat members of our community.

For more information about the Family Medicine Residency Program call Administrative Director of Medical Education, Jenny Vosganian-Clancy, at 845-333-1138.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

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