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Internal Medicine Residency Program welcomes First Cohort to Houston Methodist The Woodlands

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Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital launched its Internal Medicine Residency Program and welcomed its first six internal medicine residents today, officially becoming a teaching hospital. This journey began in 2019, with initial accreditation for the program achieved in January 2023. The hospital participated in its first match day in March 2024 and the inaugural class of residents began July 1.

“We are excited to welcome our first cohort of internal medicine residents and officially launch our Graduate Medical Education program. Today marks a new chapter in our history as we officially become a teaching hospital,” said David Bernard, CEO Houston Methodist The Woodlands. “As the No. 1 ranked hospital in the nation for patient safety, quality and service, we are proud to train and develop the next generation of health care providers and continue leading medicine in Montgomery County.”

After successfully identifying clinical rotations, creating didactics, and initiating faculty development, the three-year program was accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and will grow to 18 residents in total.

Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital Graduate Medical Education Internal Medicine Residents; Pictured (Left to Right): M. Hassan Virk, MBBS, MPH, Osama Odeh, MD, Robin Go, MD, Shah Dev, MBBS, Patrick Farahvashi, DO, and Ishwarya Satyavarapu, MD; Photo Credit: Richard Carson

“I want to thank our exceptional team of physicians and staff who have laid the foundation of our teaching hospital,” Bernard said. “Our new Graduate Medical Education program will expand upon our mission, provide education and learning opportunities for all staff, and enhance the quality of care and service we provide.”

Bernard credited the multiyear accreditation process to Dr. Ritu Parikh and the administrative leadership team’s commitment to education. Parikh is program director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program and led the program’s creation. 

“We have an incredible inaugural class of residents that represent a diverse array of education, backgrounds and experiences,” Parikh said. “We are honored to have the opportunity to help cultivate a new generation of physicians and leaders that will serve our community.”

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