EMRA Responds to Summa Health Closure

Update: March 29, 2017

ACGME confirms Summa Health EM residency program will close July 1

Summa Health System of Akron, Ohio, announced March 29 that the ACGME denied its appeal, confirming the longtime emergency medicine residency program will close July 1. The EMRA Board of Directors has issued an open letter to the emergency medicine community in the wake of the decision and will continue to advocate for the affected residents and for emergency medicine residency program training in general.

Read the EMRA Board's letter here.


Update: February 10, 2017

Summa Health loses accreditation for emergency medicine residency program

EMRA continues to stand strong with the residents at Summa Akron City Hospital as they learned their program will lose its accreditation on July 1, 2017. EMRA spoke with the chief residents at Summa and pledged our continued support of the training and well-being of their EM residents.

The residency program will be submitting an appeal to ACGME and EMRA will continue to monitor the situation as further news unfolds. EMRA's priorities are the continuity of the Summa EM residents' training and the ability of those residents to continue to thrive in their learning environments. We will continue to lend assistance in every way possible.

MORE ON THIS STORY
EMRA spoke with interim program director Scott Felten, MD, FACEP, as he joined the program in January. Read the Q-and-A on EM Resident online.


Background and EMRA's Original Response

The Emergency Medicine Residents' Association has issued an open letter to the emergency medicine community, calling for cooperation and collaboration to protect emergency medicine residents and their training at one of Ohio's largest and most advanced emergency departments.

The letter comes in the wake of a sudden change in administration at Summa Akron City Hospital, which EMRA leaders say has jeopardized not only the education of the 30 current emergency medicine residents, but also the future of the residency program – at a time when emergency departments across the country already face staffing shortages.

"This is not a commentary on the contract dispute or us trying to place blame," said EMRA President Alicia Kurtz, MD, chief resident at UCSF-Fresno. "Instead, it's our attempt to stand firmly with the residents in Akron and alert the EM community at large that we will not stand for residency training or resident wellness being compromised or overlooked in these kinds of business negotiations."

Read the full text of the letter here.

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