Rockford to add residency programs
“It’s my belief we need to recruit and retain physicians, improve the quality of care and provide a financial boon to the Rockford area,” said regional dean Alex Stagnaro-Green.
The campus wants to add residencies in emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, internal medicine and psychiatry.
The residencies would be developed by a consortium that could include Swedish American Health System, OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, Mercy Rockford Health System, Crusader Clinic and Rosecrance Treatment Centers, Stagnaro-Green said.
The new residencies could graduate 100 residents a year and attract $30 million in federal funding to Rockford, he said, adding that it would cost $2 million to launch the new residencies.
Organizers hope to raise $100,000 for the residency programs and students at an Oct. 2 fundraiser, the Boardwalk Casino Bash. For information, visit rockford.medicine.uic.edu
New residencies was the subject of a survey of 350 Rockford-area physicians conducted by the Rockford medical site.
“Two-thirds of them gave a very strong sense that residency programs would be positive, and they were interested in becoming involved in educating,” Stagnaro-Green said.