CLIFTON PARK, New York —The Iroquois Healthcare Association (IHA) just completed their third “Take a Look” tour across Northern New York. The program, which began in 2014, aims to expose physician residents training across the state to practice opportunities in Upstate New York communities. The tours are intended to encourage physician residents to “take a look” and learn about Upstate New York hospitals, medical staffs, communities and cultures through hospital and ambulatory care site visits.
The program, made possible through $100,000 in state budget funding that Senator Patty Ritchie successfully advocated for, is intended to create awareness and education of the diverse care settings that comprise the health care delivery system in Upstate New York in an effort to recruit new physicians to the area. The tours, hosted in collaboration with the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians (NYACP), provide a unique experience to residents as they begin their job search.
Five internal medicine residents and one fourth-year medical student participated in the multi-day tour. All six participants are currently training in downstate facilities but expressed interest in living and practicing Upstate. Stops on the tour included Oswego Health and Port City Family Medicine in Oswego, Samaritan Medical Center and North Country Family Health Center in Watertown, River Hospital in Alexandria Bay, a visit in Syracuse with physician leaders from the area and a stop at Gouverneur Hospital where the residents were joined by Senator Ritchie.
"The upstate physician shortage is at a crucial point. The Take-A-Look tour has allowed residents from NYC's teaching hospitals to understand the benefits of practicing medicine in Upstate New York,” said Gary J. Fitzgerald, President and Chief Executive Officer of IHA.
Watch for details for the Spring 2017 Tour - location to be determined.