The Residency slots from the now dead program generated a ton of money, and also there is the strong possibility the land could make them even more.
Say what you will, and believe that "at least they get to keep their training position", however, positions for actual people, training physicians, are being sold at auction.
And for some inside information to those outside whats happening on behalf of those who are prohibited from revealing information as to how local programs are handling the loss of 30-50 residents per institution:
Abington-Jefferson hospital alone lost ~44 residents. They are being supplemented by Attendings from Jefferson Hospital, AND any Jefferson Network physician in the local area HAS to do at least one 6 hours shift at Abington-Jefferson. So far, this is not going well. Some Attendings in this mess are so overwhelmed that they are threatening to hand off their patients and leave. Pharmacists will even have to follow the fill-in Attendings around just to enter orders to prevent mistakes and triple the workload.
There is no active plan in place for the next year for back filling these slots, and there will be no increases in any Pharmacy positions or residency positions either.
Several "Sentinel Events" have occurred during this transition between the major Philadelphia hospitals affected by this.
And finally word from the inside is trickling out that this might be a fantastic template to use for a Residency strike. Several hospitals are almost internally crippled, and with no solid long-term contingency plan for something of this magnitude, a well-timed strike of Residents could devastate a system to the point of near insolvency.
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