Important update on Radiology Residency Program

 

By Andrea Gilbert, President of Bryn Mawr Hospital; Barry D. Mann, MD, MLH Chief Academic Officer; and James Burke, Designated Institutional Official, MLH

 

Colleagues:

 

As some of you may know, in order to assess the alignment of our residency and fellowship programs with the Main Line Health Strategic Plan, MLH Senior Leadership has undertaken an in depth review of all Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs at MLH.

 

This communication is to share one of the significant changes which we will be making over the next several years – that is, to phase out the Radiology Residency Program sponsored by BMH and MLH. The final class of radiology residents will enter in 2018 and will graduate in 2022.

 

The number of residency slots reimbursed by Medicare is limited by a “cap” established by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. This fixed limit on residency positions means that developing new programs or growing established programs is not reimbursed. Hence, after considerable deliberation, System leadership has decided that radiology slots will ultimately be re- deployed to other training areas which better align with the needs of our community and the development of System service lines.  Specific reallocation has yet to be determined but areas such as primary care remain a high priority, as articulated in the BMH strategic plan completed a year ago.

 

We remain fully committed to all residents currently in our radiology program and to the four additional residents who will be joining in July 2018.  Our faculty and administration will ensure that all residents have the same excellent training long-associated with our program, and we remain dedicated to preparing residents for practice and/or advanced fellowships.  This commitment will be made to each resident in writing.

 

While this transition is a necessary change for our organization, it comes with understandable regret.  For decades, the Radiology Residency program has been a standout training program and a source of great pride for our organization.  BMH Radiology graduates continue to staff our MLH Radiology Department, numerous have served in important positions at MLH, and many others have played prominent roles in other health systems.  Scott Enochs, MD and Mike Ferrell, MD, current program director and assistant director, have been excellent leaders for the residency.  We thank them for their work and applaud them for the continued quality of our program. We will continue to support them fully in their teaching efforts.

 

It has been a privilege to sponsor such a well-regarded program and to have advanced the careers of so many physicians in the field of Radiology.

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