Jefferson Medical College and Episcopal Hospital Form Affiliation
Jefferson Medical College (JMC) and Episcopal Hospital signed
an agreement that will provide third-year medical students at Jefferson
with the opportunity to do clinical rotations in a community hospital setting.
The agreement, which was signed on December 15, 1995 at Jefferson, will
enhance both institutions educationally as well as medically. Joseph S.
Gonnella, MD, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean, JMC,
and Mark T. Bateman, president and chief executive officer of Episcopal
Hospital, officiated at the signing.
"The advantages to such an agreement are two-fold," explained
Dr. Gonnella. "Medical students will get the added training in areas
such as internal medicine and general surgery from Episcopal's outstanding
medical staff, and assist the medical staff in providing healthcare services
to an underserved community in the city's Kensington section."
Clinical rotations at Episcopal will begin on July 1, 1996.
According to Mr. Bateman, "The educational affiliation with Jefferson
will enable Episcopal Hospital to continue to fulfill its mission and commitment
to be a high quality community teaching hospital and to maintain fully accredited
residency and fellowship training programs. The education of physicians,
nurses and other allied health personnel has been an important part of the
hospital's rich history and an essential element of our vision for the future."