Originally Released: July, 1999
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The University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical System have formed an educational and research partnership with MedStar Health, effective July 1. The relationship will provide additional sites for student and physician training and offer patients in the Baltimore/Washington corridor greater access to promising new therapies.
"This partnership will help us strengthen our educational and research missions," says Donald E. Wilson, M.D., M.A.C.P., Dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. "It will give our medical students broader experience and will open the door to more research collaboration with physicians at MedStar hospitals and outpatient facilities."
The ten-year agreement is expected to foster relationships between University of Maryland physicians and community physicians affiliated with MedStar's seven hospitals. For example, it may lead to MedStar collaboration in University of Maryland research studies and more participation by community physicians in continuing medical education courses sponsored by the university.
"This partnership will offer our residents a broader spectrum of patient care training," says Morton I. Rapoport, M.D., President and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical System. "In addition to the experience they receive at our large, high-tech teaching hospital, they can benefit from seeing care delivered through a regional healthcare provider composed of respected community hospitals and physicians where there is a greater volume of patients with varied and diverse health problems."
The agreement also calls for the parties to identify and develop opportunities for residents at MedStar hospitals to gain clinical training at University of Maryland medical sites.
"We are honored to participate in this affiliation agreement with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical System. It means a great deal to our physicians and the medical students, and ultimately to our patients who will benefit from the new knowledge and clinical enhancements that will result," says John P. McDaniel, Chief Executive Officer, MedStar Health.
The agreement calls for the establishment of a seven-member Affiliation Committee made up of leaders from each organization to oversee the affiliation and its joint educational and research activities.
According to Wm. James Howard, M.D., Vice President for Medical Education and Research at MedStar Health, "This affiliation represents a very important collaboration. It provides our seven hospitals with an academic partner of the highest caliber and it will enhance the learning experience for the students who will ultimately serve our communities."
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