NewYork-Presbyterian amends decision to shutter family medicine program

Based on feedback from medical staff, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City reversed its decision Tuesday to close the family medicine residency program at its Herman "Denny" Farrell Jr. Community Health Center.

The announcement followed an International Business Times report that the hospital planned to close its family medicine center at the end of June 2016. According to the IBT report, students, faculty and administration were taken aback by the initial decision.

"We are very upset about this," Lisa Mellman, MD, the dean of student affairs at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, wrote in an email to students Monday, according to IBT. "This was a hospital decision that I only learned about at the end of last week, and we are trying to get information about the rationale and other details."

The hospital confirmed Tuesday the program will stay open, faculty will remain and it will accept another class of residents. However, it did note plans to "explore the development — in close collaboration with faculty, residents and medical students — of other potential models of primary care training and delivery in the future."

 

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