Feb. 7: Graduate Medical Education
Banner Good Samaritan stands out because of our contributions to research and scholarship. These contributions show how our physicians, nurses and other clinical care team members are at the forefront of medicine.
Our “Why” in Banner Good Samaritan starts with our Graduate Medical Education programs that attract the country’s clinical experts to 12th and McDowell, allowing patients throughout Arizona, the Southwest and country to access highly coordinated, complex and differentiated care.
Today, I would like to introduce Richard Gerkin, MD, medical director of Research for Graduate Medical Education Programs. Every day, more than 300 residents and fellows are learning at BGSMC and last year more than 300 publications were published from our talented residents, fellows and faculty. Dr. Gerkin is one of our key leaders who makes all this possible:
“I received my MD from UACOM, and then performed my internship and residency in internal medicine at BGSMC. I also did a cardiology fellowship here, and then worked for two years as a cardiologist at the Phoenix VA.
I then did a fellowship in Medical Toxicology at St. Luke’s in Phoenix. At the end of that fellowship, the Poison Center and fellowship moved to BGSMC and I became an attending toxicologist here as well as the medical director of the Phoenix Fire Department Health Center. After receiving a master’s degree in statistics from the University of Michigan, I left clinical medicine and became medical director of Graduate Medical Education Research at BGSMC.
My position in Medical Education allows me to be in contact with many people in many facilities in many areas of medicine. Some of my activities include designing, analyzing and publishing research for fellows and residents in Graduate Medical Education programs, as well as for pharmacy residents and at times for nurses.
I also attend and contribute to monthly journal clubs of four residency and five fellowship programs, and teach and mentor at UACOM Phoenix, including reviewing students’ scholarly projects. Twice a year, I recruit residents and fellows to present case report or research posters (an oral presentations), either for the ACP meeting (for internists in the state) or the Academic Excellence Day (for all residency programs in the city).
I am part of the Physician’s Advisory Committee that reviews all medical education research submissions for scientific merit, and am a member of several hospital committees that deal with patient safety and quality improvement.
The reason I have been with BGSMC almost exclusively since 1978 is that this is a teaching hospital with a strong emphasis on teaching. I have truly enjoyed working with physicians, nurses, pharmacists (not to mention occasional physical therapists, occupational therapists, and music therapists), all of whom were interested in seeking new knowledge to advance health care.
Mentoring is what I enjoy most about my job. Although I spend some time performing statistical analyses on my laptop, helping others create and carry out their projects is what makes me look forward to coming to work. “
Steve Narang, MD, is the chief executive officer at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.