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MultiCare Auburn Medical Center welcomes first-year residents

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 ( comments)
First-year residents Dr. Sowmya Paturi, Dr. Clair Felpel, Dr. Suzanne Bemis and Dr. Aaron Stapley, from left, work under the supervision of attending physicians at MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.

To help train the next generation of primary-care doctors, MultiCare Auburn Medical Center is hosting first-year residents from HealthPoint, a King County-based health organization.

In late July, MultiCare Auburn Medical Center welcomed the four osteopathic family medicine residents from HealthPoint’s Auburn campus for their inpatient rotations in emergency medicine, obstetrics, critical care and internal medicine.

The residents -- Dr. Sowmya Paturi, Dr. Clair Felpel, Dr. Suzanne Bemis and Dr. Aaron Stapley -- are licensed DO physicians who work under the supervision of an attending physician.

The residents are based out of HealthPoint Auburn, which is across the street from MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.

According to a news release, HealthPoint is one of six organizations around the nation to receive residents through the program funded by a grant from the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program that was included in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The Health Resources and Services Administration awarded the $4 million grant to the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education in Scranton, Pa. The Wright Center then partnered with A.T. Still University of Health Sciences School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona to launch the family medicine residency program, which matched residents with six U.S. health care organizations, including HealthPoint.

The program moves training out of academic teaching hospitals and into community-based settings that deliver most medical care across the country. The goal of the program is to address the national primary-care physician shortage.

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