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CRMC serves as KUMC Urology Residency Training Site

Press Release – November 2013:
Officials at Cameron Regional Medical Center (CRMC) have announced that, effective immediately, the Medical Center will begin serving as a training site for the K.U. Medical Center (KUMC) Department of Urology’s Residency Program. This action was approved by CRMC’s Active Medical Staff and Board of Directors in November 2013.

Moben Mirza, M.D., will serve as Training Site Director at CRMC for the new program. Dr. Mirza, Assistant Professor with KUMC, completed a fellowship in Urologic Oncology at the University of Kansas and completed his Urology Residency at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.  He provides Urology services, both outpatient clinic and surgical, one day per week at CRMC.

M. M. Amin, M.D., CRMC’s Chief of Staff, commented on the new Urology Residency program by stating, “The Active Staff physicians at CRMC feel extremely fortunate to have KUMC Urologists here twice a week. We are pleased they have chosen us as a training site for their outstanding Residency program.”

The goal of K.U.’s Department of Urology is to train Residents to become physicians proficient in both the surgical and non-surgical aspects of Urology via practice-based learning and by combining a well-rounded surgical experience with a solid clinic exposure that prepares Residents for complicated diagnostic problems encountered in actual practice.

While at CRMC, the Residents from KUMC will observe, participate and have mentored experience in urgent care Urology, clinic-based Urology, and both minor and major Urology procedures/cases.

Eugene Lee, M.D., and Priya Padmanabhan, M.D., join Dr. Mirza in providing Urology services at CRMC on a regular basis.  Dr. Lee is at CRMC weekly and is an Assistant Professor of Urology at KUMC. After completion of his residency training at the University of Kansas, he completed a Urologic Oncology Fellowship at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Dr. Padmanabhan, also an Assistant Professor, completed her Residency in Urology at the New York Medical Center and a Fellowship in female Urology and pelvic reconstruction in the Department of Urology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She comes to CRMC on a monthly basis.

Drs. Mirza, Lee, and Padmanabhan are members of Premier Specialty Network, a diverse network of highly-qualified specialists based out of Columbia, Missouri.

In regard to the expanded relationship with CRMC, Dr. Mirza stated, “I think this is an exciting opportunity for our Residents to learn in a unique community care setting.  It will allow us to continue strengthening our relationship with CRMC and our patients.”

The Department of Urology at the University of Kansas accepts three Residents per year for a total training period of five years. Entrance into the Residency program is extremely competitive, as over 200 applications were received this year.  KUMC has other training sites at the Kansas City VA Medical Center, Children’s Mercy Hospital, and Truman Medical Center.

Since the mid-to-late 1990s, CRMC has served as a training site for Orthopedic Surgeons, Inc.’s five-year Orthopedic Surgery Residency training program through St. Mary’s Medical Center. Several of the Orthopedic Surgeons who have received Residency training at CRMC have come back to the Medical Center to practice once their education and training have been completed, including Dr. Kevin Witte, Dr. Alan Cornett, and Dr. Michael Justice.

Joseph F. Abrutz, Jr., CRMC Administrator, advised that the staff at CRMC is excited about hosting KUMC’s Residency program in Urology.  “We enjoy a wonderful working relationship with K.U. Medical Center and its exceptional Urology program. Dr. Mirza, Dr. Lee, and Dr. Padmanabhan are an essential part of our health care team, and this expansion in Urology services at CRMC is a perfect fit with our mission of continuously improving access to care for the residents of rural northwest Missouri.”

The University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Urology is the only medical center in the region offering specialists in every area of Urology.  According to U.S. News and World Report 2012-2013, K.U. Medical Center was named Best Urology Care in Kansas City and the region.