Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare Announces Internal Medicine Residency Program

Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare, which includes Las Palmas Medical Center and Del Sol Medical Center, has announced the inauguration of its internal medicine graduate medical education (GME) program.

Internal medicine, also known as general medicine, is the medical specialty dealing with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of adult diseases.

“We are thrilled to implement this graduate program that further educates residents in internal medicine and helps prepare them to provide a high level of care to El Pasoans,” Don Karl, chief executive officer of Las Palmas Medical Center, said. “Residents in this GME program will engage in valuable hands-on and preceptor training that will be beneficial throughout their careers as physicians.”

Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare invested in the creation of its internal medicine GME program to bring more physicians with the most up-to-date medical school education to El Paso, and train them to better serve the needs of the growing local community.

All residents may be eligible to pursue sub-specialty training in areas such as cardiology, nephrology, gastroenterology and other high-demand health areas.

“These carefully-selected residents are committed to providing the highest quality of care for their patients here in El Paso,” David Shimp, chief executive officer of Del Sol Medical Center, said. “We’re proud to offer this program to new medical school graduates and have them learn from our excellent physicians and staff at Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare.”

Program leadership includes three board-certified physicians. Dr. Pedro Blandon, a nephrologist and internist, serves as the program director, and Dr. Luis Martin and Dr. Legesse Tebeje, both internal medicine specialists, serve as the program’s core faculty members. Affiliated subspecialists with Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare will also serve as teaching faculty.

The first cohort of the internal medicine GME program, which started on July 9 for the 2018-2019 year, consists of 15 residents.