June 7, 2017 3:26 pm
At Magnolia Regional Health Center, our hospitalists work in a variety of roles to ensure the best care for our patients. As we mentioned in previous articles, a hospitalist is a physician who specializes in caring for patients who are hospitalized. As we continue the series on our hospitalists, we want to introduce these individuals and share information on how their medical expertise helps with your care at MRHC.
For over ten years, David V. Pizzimenti, DO, FACOI, has served as Chair of Graduate Medical Education and Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, and cared for patients as an Internal Medicine Hospitalist at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Through his leadership, MRHC has trained and developed over 40 bright young physicians in multiple specialties, and almost 20 currently serve (or are under agreement to do so upon completion of training) the patients in Corinth and surrounding areas.
Dr. Pizzimenti completed his medical education at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and his Internal Medicine training at Mount Sinai Medical Center, both in Miami, FL. The recipient of multiple local and national awards for excellence in teaching, including Educator of the Year by the American College of Osteopathic Internists in 2015, he currently serves on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine.
You’re from Miami, but have practiced medicine in rural Mississippi for over 10 years — what do you love most about caring for patients in the rural south?
I came to MS through the national health service core. This area is extremely underserved from a medical perspective. Practicing and training doctors to practice here is making a tremendous impact on the region. In summary, I love working in Mississippi because I feel I can really make a difference. I also love the people and culture of the area.
As a national leader in medical education, and director of the MRHC Internal Medicine Residency here in Corinth, what is the best part about training new doctors?
I love getting to know the medical students and residents. To see them grow from novice learners into phenomenal physicians is extremely rewarding. I love coming to work every day because it is challenging and exciting. To start a residency program in rural Mississippi from scratch and watch it grow and evolve into the phenomenal entity that it has become is super cool.
You also serve as director of the Magnolia Wound Care Center — what do you find most interesting and/or rewarding about that role?
The Wound Care center has done a lot of things to help people heal. There are a lot of people in our community that still have all of their limbs because of the work of the wound care center. That is by far the most rewarding thing about my role in the center. Seeing people walk in because we helped them heal, when in other times they would have had a major amputation, is just amazing.
For more information on the Graduate Medical Education Program at Magnolia, please visit www.mrhc.org/medical-education/.
For more information on the Wound & Hyperbaric Center of Excellence, please visit www.mrhc.org/departments-services/wound-hyperbaric-center/.
This post was written by Magnolia Regional Health Center