Abington Memorial Hospital, a 665-bed, acute care teaching hospital located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will serve as a regional medical campus for Drexel University College of Medicine under a new agreement signed by the two institutions.
The designation expands on an already existing academic affiliation between the hospital and the Philadelphia medical school that has existed since 2004.
Regional medical campus, a phrase used by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), refers to hospitals that serve as alternative clinical education venues for third- and fourth-year medical students.
Under the new agreement, the hospital will provide Drexel medical students with two years of training in core clinical areas such as surgery, internal medicine, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, family medicine, neurology, and psychiatry.
In addition, Drexel medical students will be able to complete all of their required clinical rotations at Abington Memorial Hospital.
Furthermore, Drexel medical students can now select Abington as their primary clinical campus at the time of matriculation and complete their third and fourth years there, under the new regional medical campus designation.
Drexel University College of Medicine Annenberg Dean and senior vice president of medical affairs Dr Daniel V Schidlow said the university is very excited to build on its relationship with Abington Memorial Hospital.
"We believe this expanded affiliation will provide our students with a greater variety of experiences, as well as the ability to learn from some of our region’s finest physicians in a suburban hospital dedicated to serving its community," Dr Schidlow added.
Dr Margot Boigon has been appointed associate dean and director of undergraduate medical education and Dr David Gary Smith will continue serving as director of graduate medical education.
Abington Health president and CEO Laurence M Merlis said that this enhanced academic affiliation is in keeping with the hospital’s core value of being a learning organisation.
"Since the hospital first opened its doors in 1914, it has built and maintained an outstanding reputation as a teaching hospital," Merlis added.
"Becoming a regional medical campus for Drexel further enhances our commitment to medical education."
The new regional medical campus designation takes effect in July 2014.
Drexel University College of Medicine is the medical school of Drexel University.
Image: Abington Memorial Hospital is to become regional medical campus for Drexel medical school. Photo courtesy of Abington Memorial Hospital.