Nation's First Combined Emergency and Family Medicine Resident Graduates from Christiana Care Health System

Jun 21, 2012, 06:00 ET from Christiana Care Health System

WILMINGTON, Del., June 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Christiana Care Health System's innovative, combined Emergency Medicine/Family Medicine (EM/FM) allopathic residency program, the first of its kind in the nation, salutes its first graduate this year.



Blake Gustafson, M.D., chief EM-FM resident in 2007 joined the five-year, dual-certification program, which was heralded as a "curriculum to address the full spectrum of patient illness and injury, from emergent and trauma care to primary care and continuity of care."

The program offers two residency spots each year. The curriculum blends academic and practical components, including rotations in both Family and Emergency medicine, which already have similar rotations at Christiana Care, especially in the first year of their respective categorical programs.

The combined Emergency-Family medicine training program is one of several dual residencies available at Christiana Care Health System. Christiana Care also offers combined Emergency-Internal Medicine Internal Medicine-Pediatrics programs.

"Blake is the first graduate of the nation's first combined Emergency-Family Medicine training program," said Neil Jasani, M.D., Emergency Medicine Residency Program director. "He exemplifies the synergy between Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine.

"We are excited and delighted that Dr. Gustafson will remain at Christiana Care as an attending physician and to help ensure the future success of our EM/FM program," adds Lisa Maxwell, M.D., director of Christiana Care's Family Medicine Residency Program.

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SOURCE Christiana Care Health System