USAF Surgeon General Visits Good Samaritan Hospital (Closed in 2018)

Collaborative Residency Program Hailed

DAYTON, Ohio (June 29, 2017) – Good Samaritan Hospital (closed in 2018) and Five Rivers Family Health Center welcomed Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Mark A. Ediger, Surgeon General of the United States Air Force (USAF), on Thursday, June 29, 2017, for a tour of both facilities and to learn more about the Family Medicine -- Residency in Aerospace Medicine (FM-RAM) Program. 

“What an honor to showcase the Family Medicine Building to General Ediger,” said Eloise Broner, president Good Samaritan Hospital (closed in 2018). “Premier Health is proud to work with both Wright Patterson Air Force Base and Wright State’s School of Medicine in training our family medicine physicians of the future.”  

Launched in 2013, the FM-RAM began as a joint venture between the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, Premier Health and the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine’s Family Medicine Residency Program. The goal of the program is to develop clinically proficient, operationally experienced flight surgeons through sequentially completing each residency along with a Master’s in Public Health. Working collaboratively has enabled the program length to be cut from six to four years, resulting in a projected savings of $1.5 million annually. 

Entering its fourth year, the FM-RAM has also resulted in clinical elective options to assist other aerospace medicine residents in re-capturing clinical proficiency during their aerospace medicine practicum year. “We have recently rolled out a similar collaborative residency template to four other areas of the country, resulting in growth projections from 3 graduates per year to 22 by academic year 2022,” remarked Colonel Michael Jacobson, inaugural program director for the FM-RAM. “Creating an important and needed pipeline for clinically trained flight surgeons.”

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