Bay Area Hospital will host surgeons from OHSU

COOS BAY, Ore. -- Coos Bay will now be a training venue for aspiring surgeons from Oregon Health and Science University.

Bay Area Hospital will soon be home to surgeons in training from OHSU.

They say Coos Bay a perfect training ground for young doctors because they get to experience a broader case-load than they would in bigger cities. Dr. Karen Deveney, OHSU Program Director, says it benifits not only the community, but also the new doctors. "Residents are interested in obtaining the broadest possible experience that they can in order to become the best surgeons that they can."

Residents will also help with the shortage of doctors in the area. "It may be that it frees up one of the surgeons to see patients sooner, or residents are available to see patients sooner, and that's critical," said general surgeon Dr. Steven Giss. "No more waiting."

Dr. Vicente Undurraga is the first resident.

He will be here for six weeks. "It's an opportunity that we don't get anywhere else, and I'm just excited that I will be able to come out."

He grew up in a rural area in Southern Chile, and plans to work in the a similar setting.

Two more residents will arrive in July, each doing 6-month rotations.