Welcome to the Indiana University School of Medicine Southwest Indiana Internal Medicine Residency program.
Our goals are to excel in medical education, to provide state of the art healthcare to the people of Southwest Indiana, and to serve in rural communities in need of medical care. From community physicians, nursing personnel, allied health providers, and senior administration, Southwest Indiana has embraced the program its pursuit of training the complete internist, one who can provide top-notch care to the region.
Our program is sponsored by the Indiana University School of Medicine and is part of the Southwest Indiana Graduate Medical Education Consortium, an initiative of allied IU residency programs intended to provide care and to address the physician shortage in the region. IU School of Medicine provides a formidable armamentarium of support, in the form of dedicated personnel, funding, and other resources to ensure the clinical and academic success of the program. IU School of Medicine has a proven history of excellence in medical education and we are pleased to be directly involved in teaching and supervising medical students on our services and clinics. We are proud to be the largest program within the consortium and the tip of the spear in its mission.
In 2020, we welcomed the inaugural class of the Southwest Indiana Internal Medicine Residency Program under the leadership of our first program director, Dr. Robert D. Ficalora, who brought his Mayo background of intense academic rigor, educational innovation, and rural medicine to our communities. Because of these initiatives, our residents are involved in a variety of national conferences, invited presentations, published in academic journals, and recognized with awards from medical societies.
Though the program is young, our core faculty is highly experienced with over 80 years of total experience in Graduate Medical Education. In addition to Dr. Ficalora, Dr. Margaret Beliveau is also from Mayo and an eminent, internationally recognized expert in perioperative medicine. Dr. James Butler is a graduate of the Billings Clinic residency program in Montana, which was also founded by Dr. Ficalora. Dr. Karl Sash is a cornerstone of Evansville community, who has been practicing as a local physician for over 20 years. Dr. Lee McKinley, another Hoosier native, has vast experience in healthcare administration, quality and safety, population health, critical care, and point of care ultrasound techniques. He also has more than 30 years of medical education experience teaching medical students through IU School of Medicine as an adjunct clinical professor and is a laureate of the American College of Physicians.
Our program continues the legacy of innovation and excellence in medical education with rigorous educational experiences conducted daily in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Our training sites at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes and Ascension St. Vincent in Evansville provide contrasting experiences with rural and urban populations, a variety of subspecialty and procedural rotations, and state-of-the-art outpatient experiences in our Residency-Faculty Practices.
Most demonstrative of our program are the residents themselves. We have a proven legacy of recruiting high-performing residents from highly ranked medical schools, nationally, internationally and locally in Indiana. Our residents have presented at national conferences and have publications in internationally recognized journals such as the British Medical Journal. Finally, they provide the bulk of internal medicine care in the Southwest region of Indiana. They are hardworking, trailblazing, and adventurous, qualities that make them uniquely suited to building and establishing a residency program.
I welcome you to explore what we have to offer here at the Southwest Indiana Internal Medicine Residency Program, where we are the leaders in medical education in the region.