Program Director, Family Medicine Residency Program, Bayhealth Medical Group
Delaware is underserved, medically speaking. Brintha Vasagar, M.D., is looking to change that. Vasagar and Bayhealth Medical Group will soon infuse the region with not just a new practice but also a new residency program, both slated to launch in 2021. “Physicians are much more likely to stay and practice within 50 miles of where they do their residency,” explains Vasagar.
With a physician shortage—there’s fewer than 1 doctor per 2,000 people in Kent and Sussex counties, she says—paired with no in-state medical school, “this is all part of this strategic plan to increase the flow of physicians to central and southern Delaware.”
A family medicine practitioner, Vasagar is working to shape a program that will create top-notch doctors who also serve as advocates for their patients. When it launches in July, the three-year program will have eight residents, and 24 when at full capacity.
Paired with Bayhealth’s forthcoming family medicine practice, Vasagar anticipates adding over 30,000 visits a year to the area, focusing on mental health and addiction medicine. “We’re really just trying to expand the ideas of how do we deliver health care in a way that’s meaningful and that meets the needs of these patient populations.”