MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Marietta Memorial Hospital announced it will start a new residency program this summer.
The administration said it's been a goal for two decades to become a teaching hospital.
Four doctors will be accepted this right out of medical school this Friday during National Match Day. The residents will train and learn to practice family medicine, or primary care.
The progra, which will last three years, will see the residents have their own patients, while learning from an nationally accredited curriculum set up by the hospital.
Dr. Roxanne Cech, the program director, says this is exciting for the hospital and the community.
"We actually had over a thousand applicants for these four spots and we interviewed close to 100," she added. "So we were able to pick from some really wonderful young people, in fact, it inspired me. I was so glad to see so much enthusiasm for family medicine."
The resident will start in July. Each year, the program will receive four new residents and will have 12 residents when the first class graduates in 2022.
Dr. Cech said she hopes the program is successful and can grow to more residents in the future.