MU creating emergency medicine residency

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 | 7:28 a.m. CDT; updated 3:54 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 22, 2013

COLUMBIA — MU is creating a program to train doctors specializing in emergency medicine.

The university's School of Medicine plans to recruit six to eight residents for the program's first class. It is to begin training those physicians next July.

Residency programs provide clinical training for physicians after they graduate from medical school. The Missouri program was granted approval last month from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Marc Borenstein is the chairman of the medical school's Department of Emergency Medicine. He said most emergency room doctors historically were trained in other specialties such as internal or family medicine. But he said specialized training in emergency medicine has become more important as technology has advanced.

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