July 2, 2012

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center internal medicine residents achieve highest percentage passing rate in Ohio

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s internal medicine residency program has achieved the highest percentage passing rate on the American Board of Internal Medicine exam in the state of Ohio. In all, 98 percent of the hospital’s residents passed the exam in 2011.

Residency programs seek to strike a balance between clinical training and education. “This achievement is evidence of our combination of a well-qualified physician faculty, exceptionally knowledgeable residents and a program structure that is conducive to high-quality learning,” said Keyvan Ravakhah, director of the internal medicine residency program at St. Vincent Charity.

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, began its residency program in April 1999, when the program moved from the former Saint Luke’s Hospital. Since then it has consistently achieved high passage rates on the board exam. The next highest passage rates in Ohio in 2011 are Riverside Methodist Hospitals in Columbus, and University Hospital/University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati.

“A lot of the credit for the success of this program goes to Dr. Richard Christie, who led the program for more than 20 years,” said Ravakhah. “His leadership over all these years has contributed to such a high passage rate.” Dr. Christie retired as program director in December 2011.

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