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The relationship between The University of Toledo and ProMedica Health System already is having a positive effect on graduate medical education and the future physician work force of the Toledo area.

The Toledo Academic Health Center Corporation Board of Trustees recently approved a five-year plan that will help to substantially grow the number of resident and fellow rotations at both The University of Toledo Medical Center and ProMedica Health System.

The expansion of the rotations will lead to a larger number of Toledo medical students staying in northwest Ohio as well as attracting graduates of medical schools from across the country to the area for their residencies.

By 2016, there will be a total of 63 residency rotations at ProMedica Health System with the addition of 29 new residencies and 26 expanded programs. The number already is growing with 17 programs last year and 31 in the current academic year.

“It is important to not only retain and attract more physicians to the Toledo area to care for our community, but to educate the right specialties of physicians,” said Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold, chancellor, executive vice president for biosciences and health affairs, and dean of the College of Medicine. “We have grown our programs based on the needs of the community both now and in the future to build and maintain strong health-care options in northwest Ohio.”

“This is a first significant step in achieving a vision to recruit and most importantly retain the best physicians, researchers and students in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, which ultimately will create a higher quality of health care for this region,” ProMedica President and CEO Randy Oostra said.

The relationship also has resulted in advancements for clinical research with the additions of new clinical trial software, renovations of research office space, equipment for a tissue bank, medical library and more.

Increasing patient-centered clinical trials in Toledo not only will help advance medicine and boost the area’s medical expertise and reputation, Gold said, but it will keep people and resources locally rather than patients and families traveling to Cleveland, Ann Arbor or other places for such care.

The relationship officially was entered into May 17, and officials from both institutions said they are pleased with the growth of the relationship and the progress in achieving the goals in the first six months.

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