On Octobter 12th, New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) revealed initial plans to eliminate our Family Medicine residency program. They reversed that plan in fewer than 36 hours, attributed in large part to the swift outcry by medical students, residents, attendings, community leaders, and primary care supporters nationwide.
The measure of our worth in medical education was demonstrated yesterday in a Town Hall meeting where over 300 Columbia medical students met with Dr. Lee Goldman, Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine and Chief Executive of Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) to promote not the end but the growth of Family Medicine at CUMC. We are proud, too, that NYPH listened to our concerns and saw the value of a continued partnership with us.
This incident only strengthened our future and produced an outpouring of support for rejuvenation of Family Medicine to meet the growing national need for primary and preventive care. We are the specialists of primary care and we are the frontline experts in the health of our unique surrounding community. As Dean Goldman states on his Dean’s Page, “Today this neighborhood represents a microcosm of our global neighborhood, which in turn leads to a very diverse patient population, especially for those interested in pursuing a career in Family Medicine in an urban environment.”
We embrace this opportunity to work with CUMC and NYPH to lead innovation in primary care delivery and residency training now and in the future.