WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - On Monday, 24 doctors from across the country began their medical residency training at New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC).
"Graduating medical students are starting their residency training here," said Dr. Joe Pino, the residency director. "Today is day one of orientation, so a day of great excitement."
The doctors utilize four residency programs offered at NHRMC: internal medicine, general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, and family medicine. The residency programs in Wilmington are connected with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.
Pino said the doctors are in orientation all week and will begin caring for patients on Friday.
"These new residents will be starting their duty on Friday afternoon," said Pino. "And Friday morning we will be saying goodbye to our graduates at our graduation ceremony at the downtown Convention Center, which is pretty exciting."
Doctors who complete their training at NHRMC might end up living in the Port City.
"Over the course of the past three years, we have tended to retain upwards of around 25 to 50 percent of our graduates in Southeastern North Carolina or across the state of North Carolina," said Pino. "To put this into context, the average program across the state retains roughly about 20 to 30 percent of their graduates in the state of North Carolina."
In total, there are 74 medical residents at NHRMC. Funding for the residency slots comes from a combination of federal money, state money, and the hospital's budget, said Pino.
Many doctors in Wilmington have graduated from the residency program at NHRMC.
"About half of our OBGYN physicians in our region have trained in our OBGYN residency training program," said Pino. "This is a tremendous asset to our community, and provides future generation of healthcare providers and physicians for residents of southeastern North Carolina."