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In his third year of medical school, Benjamin Hudson was one of the first medical students to undertake “rotations” at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. Rotations are when medical students gain experience in the hospital setting, and Good Samaritan began welcoming medical students for rotations in 2007.

This began a nine-year journey in which Hudson was one of the first to forge the way in Samaritan’s Graduate Medical Education program, which began training resident physicians in 2009. That year, he completed his osteopathic medicine degree at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, and Hudson began a three-year internal medicine residency at Good Samaritan. This was followed by a year of service as chief resident at Samaritan Internal Medicine – Corvallis. He was then chosen for the cardiology fellowship program at Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute and completed the program in June.

One of the main goals of the Graduate Medical Education program is to train physicians who will stay on in the region. Hudson is now a cardiologist on staff at Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute.

“It’s been really fun and exciting to see the program develop,” he said. “I really take a lot of pride in it myself, since I’ve been here from the beginning. For many Samaritan providers, I was the first resident-in-training they ever interacted with.” Cardiologist Tom Marker was one of the providers involved in Hudson’s cardiology fellowship training.

“He’s not only enthusiastic and smart, he was real easy to work with,” said Marker. “He was a really good person to have here early on. He’s smart, he’s good at what he does and he takes good care of patients.”

In addition to providing heart health care to patients of the region, Hudson also hopes to stay involved in medical education with Samaritan.

“One of the reasons I stayed is so I could continue working in medical education, on the other side of it now,” he said. “I had such a good experience, I want to be a part of that.” Hudson also stayed on because he realized right away in that first year how much he loved the region.

“I’ve loved the community since I came here,” he said. “It’s the kind of community I’ve always dreamed of living in. It’s a great place to raise a family.”

Learn more about Samaritan’s GME program at samhealth.org/GME or about Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute at samhealth.org/SHVI.