Norton Community Hospital | News Article

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Norton internal medicine residency's graduating class again has 100-percent board pass rate

Program director Dr. Jody Bentley (far left) and some of the resident physicians show off their newly remodeled learning facility on the campus of Norton Community Hospital.


NORTON, Va. – Norton Community Hospital’s internal medicine residency program continues to do outstanding work, as the latest graduating class had a 100-percent board pass rate, marking the third straight year that’s happened. This year’s graduating class consisted of nine residents.

In addition, two 2017 graduates have been accepted into fellowship programs – a prestigious accomplishment. Dr. Whitney Lykens-Krolikowski has been accepted as a fellow in Infectious Disease at ETSU, while Dr. Jason Brown, chief resident, has been accepted at Ohio State University as a fellow in Tissue and Transfusion Medicine.

“We’re really proud of everybody involved,” said Teresa Mutter, program coordinator. “It’s quite an accomplishment to have a 100-percent board pass rate, and it is always an honor to have your graduates chosen as fellows in their specialties. We’re very proud of our residents and all the hard work they put in every day here at Norton Community Hospital.”

Jody Bentley, program director, said both Lykens-Krolikowski and Brown worked hard in their medical training and deserve the opportunity to continue their training and medical education through fellowships.

The internal medicine residency program, which opened in 2001, serves as a training hub-site for medical school graduates from Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) and Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville (KYCOM). It is a three-year residency program with spots for 26 residents, with a goal of preparing the resident physicians to practice internal medicine no matter what the setting. The program is pre-accredited by the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) in the single accreditation system

Medical student core rotations are completed at Norton Community Hospital, with availability of subspecialty rotations with affiliates in northeast Tennessee and Southeastern Kentucky.

The program has graduated 63 residents in all, with 29 of them now with Mountain States.

Mutter said one reason for the program’s success is the supportive staff and faculty both at Norton and affiliated  hospitals.

“The dedication of our core faculty has made a huge impact,” Mutter said.