California hospital may lose third residency

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted June 7, 2004

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Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles could lose its third residency program. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, which pulled the accreditation of the hospital's surgery and radiology programs, now has the neonatology program in its sights.

The surgery and radiology residencies will close July 1. Neonatology, which is appealing withdrawal of its accreditation, would close June 2005 if the appeal is denied.

The reason for the latest penalty was a lack of cases to give residents adequate training, according to the Los Angeles County Dept. of Health Services, which has taken over daily operation of the hospital since a string of deaths occurred in 2003 under questionable circumstances.

The hospital will have 16 resident programs once surgery and radiology are closed.

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