Medical School gets approval for 1st dermatology residency program

BUIES CREEK — The Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine, through a partnership with Sampson Regional Medical Center, has been approved for its first dermatology residency program.

The six-position residency program received full accreditation status from the American Osteopathic Association and will begin accepting applications this summer for an Aug. 1 start date and will continue to accept applications through the fall for 2015. This is the second residency program in rural North Carolina that Campbell has established during the medical school’s inaugural year.

Dr. Jonathan Crane, DO, FAOCD, was appointed as the program director. His practice, DermOne in Wilmington, is known for providing dermatological care with the most recent and innovative medical advances. Crane is expanding his practice to include the Sampson Regional site and is looking forward to applying his 20 years of experience practicing dermatology in North Carolina to leading the program in educating the next generation of dermatologists.

The medical school at Campbell has committed to developing residency programs around the state for its graduates, especially in hospitals positioned to meet the needs of rural and underserved communities.

“We are thrilled to begin our dermatology residency with CUSOM,” said Dr. Shawn Howerton, CEO of Sampson Regional. “The addition of this program in our community will mean expanded access to dermatology services for residents within our area, and I can’t emphasize enough how valuable it is to offer this level of dermatology care in a rural setting.” 

According to the National Rural Health Association, 75 percent of residency graduates from rural programs will practice in rural locations.

“This is the first dermatology residency program for the Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine,” said Dr. Robin King-Thiele, regional associate dean and director of medical education for Sampson Regional. “We are excited for the approval and know it will make a difference with the long-term dermatology needs for North Carolina.”

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