HOUSTON (April 8, 2010) – The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has granted accreditation for an emergency medicine residency program at Ben Taub General Hospital, slated to begin in July with its first class of six residents.
"The Baylor College of Medicine program will bring a new level of emergency care to the Houston community," says Dr. Shkelzen Hoxhaj, chief, Emergency Services, Ben Taub Hospital, and interim chief, Emergency Medicine, BCM. "Currently, there is only one other emergency medicine residency program in Houston, and six in the entire state of Texas, so this new program is much needed."
The residency program received a three-year accreditation, the longest cycle issued by ACGME for initial accreditations. It can train up to 12 residents per year.
"The residency promises to be innovative, foresighted and at the cutting edge of all new information and technology," says Dr. Kenneth L. Mattox, chief of staff, Ben Taub Hospital, and professor and vice chairman, Department of Surgery, BCM.
Dr. Bobby Kapur, director, Education, Ben Taub Hospital and assistant professor, BCM, will serve as the residency program director.
Ben Taub’s Emergency Center — staffed by 18 full-time emergency medicine physicians, 10 mid-level providers, 130 nurses and 40 support staff – provided care to more than 95,000 emergency patient visits last year.
As one of the busiest emergency centers in southeast Texas, it provides care to patients suffering a variety of illnesses and injuries, many life-threatening.