Creighton Reaches Out to Displaced Medical Residents

Creighton Reaches Out to Displaced Medical Residents

Creighton University has offered to help more than 570 medical residents who were left without a home June 26 when Drexel University College of Medicine announced its teaching hospital in Philadelphia would close its doors Sept. 6.

Hahnemann Hospital was reported to be losing between $3 million and $5 million every month and no solution had been found.

Creighton announced it would make 25 residencies available across seven specialties.

“Our current residents were eager to try to help their fellow future physicians,” said Joseph Nahas, MD, program director of Creighton’s Internal Medicine Residency. “These are young adults who should be focusing on their development as physicians rather than worrying about where and how they will continue their training.”

Creighton’s outreach drew applause at, in an article written by Karen S. Sibert, MD, who called on the nation’s residency programs to rescue the stranded students, more than 50 of whom are foreign and could face deportation if they are no longer enrolled.

“Residency programs across the country need to pick up the phone and help these residents find new positions,” Sibert wrote. “Too many are taking the attitude that their programs are already full, and it’s not their problem. The ones that are stepping up — like UCLA and Creighton — deserve our gratitude. The others should realize that the Hahnemann residents are innocent victims who need help.”