Samaritan welcomes new chief of internal medicine residency

Jun 30,2014
Dena Witthaus, DO, has been named chief medical resident for the Samaritan Health Services Internal Medicine Residency Program.

As chief resident, Witthaus is responsible for supervising and coordinating the education of resident physicians and medical students.

“I am looking forward to the unique challenges of the position, which includes work experience as a hospitalist and a primary care doctor, as well as the opportunity to work closely with graduate medical education and hospital administration,” said Witthaus. “I also look forward to sharing the knowledge I have acquired over the past three years with the current and incoming residents – medical knowledge but also understanding patients and their motivations, and addressing the social and psychological components that affect their health.”

Witthaus earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Riverside, and a medical degree from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. She recently completed residency training at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

Following her year as chief medical resident, Witthaus plans to become a primary care provider.

More about Samaritan Health Services’ internal medicine residency program

This three-year graduate medical education residency program offers training and experience to prepare physicians for a successful career caring for adult patients in the hospital, clinic and other medical settings. Physicians in the program also serve as primary care providers at Samaritan Health Services internal medicine clinics. Emphasis on prevention, diagnosis, treatment and comprehensive patient care creates a solid foundation for new internists.

For more information about the graduate medical education programs of Samaritan Health Services, visit samhealth.org/GME. To reach Samaritan Internal Medicine, call 541-768-5140.
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