PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 13, 2020) – When faced with the imminent closure of Hahnemann Hospital, doctors, nurses, staff and patients, and residency directors were left to scramble to find new employment and new hospitals for residency programs. One of those individuals was Dr. Laurence Belkoff, program director of the Hahnemann Hospital Urologic Surgery Residency Program and partner at MidLantic Urology, along with his 10 orphaned urology residents.
To maintain the Urologic Surgery Program, Dr. Belkoff sought to transfer the program to the Main Line Health System. The ACGME (The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) had no paradigm to transfer a residency program from one sponsoring institution to another. Dr. Belkoff appealed to the ACGME, and a pathway was created allowing the previous Hahnemann program to apply as a new residency program at Main Line Health. Within two weeks, a new application was submitted and a site visit from the ACGME was successfully completed, and the new program was approved by the ACGME.
“I’m thrilled that our residency program has found a new home with Main Line Health,” said Dr. Belkoff. “It is exciting to be opening a new chapter for our Urology Residency at a premiere health system. I am thankful for the opportunity to continue educating and mentoring this talented group of residents, the clinicians and surgeons of tomorrow, as program director.”
In the case of hospital shutdowns, just as Hahnemann Hospital did in September, all residents in programs at the hospital were orphaned. Now, these orphaned residents are guaranteed to finish their program, and can expect to receive multiple offers to join programs at renowned institutions across the nation. Remarkably, all 10 residents in Hahnemann’s former program decided to stay the course and continue their learning under Dr. Belkoff’s direction at Main Line Health.
Daniel Edwards, chief resident of the Urologic Surgery Residency Program at Main Line Health, was one of the two initial residents to be accepted during the program’s inception at Hahnemann five years ago and will be the first to graduate from the newly-constituted program at Main Line Health in June 2020.
“When thinking about my options and where I could go to finish my residency, the choice was simple – I would follow Dr. Belkoff’s lead,” said Edwards. “I trusted and believed that he had [his residents] best interest in mind. The move to Main Line Health, a non-profit academic community hospital system, brings more to the table in the form of access to additional resources, hospitals and most importantly more teaching staff.”
Prior to the program’s move, the residents worked exclusively with doctors from MidLantic Urology, Greater Philadelphia’s largest and most innovative urology health care provider. The program now has access to 18 MidLantic Urology doctors at two Main Line Health institutions, Lankenau Medical Center and Bryn Mawr Hospital. The residents also rotate at Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children for Pediatric Urology.
The Main Line Health Urologic Surgery Residency Program will celebrate an additional milestone this year – Urology Residency Match Day. On Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, two new residents will be matched with the residency program, making them the first class of residents to begin their urology program at Main Line Health.
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MidLantic Urology is one of the largest and most innovative health care providers in the country. Our group combines an unprecedented level of top urology specialists with clinical research and state-of-the-art technology to offer the highest quality of personalized care. Our approach comes directly from the private practice model. We believe in highly personalized and compassionate care. Our specialists are by our patient’s side throughout their entire care journey. With 46 locations throughout the region, we strive to provide the most convenient access to all our patients. To learn more about MidLantic Urology, visit https://midlanticurology.com.
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