Medical Residents - Duke University Hospital

Duke University Hospital Medical Residency Value

Anyone associated with Duke University School of Medicine knows its high ranking among the top schools in research, primary care, and specialty training. Duke Med places several specialty programs among the best in the nation, including anesthesiology, pediatrics, internal medicine, obstetrics, psychiatry, radiology, and surgery. Students at Duke Med certainly get focused instruction, with nearly 1,350 faculty maintaining a remarkable 2.7 to 1 faculty-to-student ratio. Duke University Hospital, a 957-bed facility in Durham, North Carolina, has an equivalent national ranking among the top fifty out of over 4,500 hospitals. If you are completing your medical education with a Duke University Hospital medical residency, you know that you are getting top value in preparing for a premier medical career. You also know that to enter that rewarding medical career, you need to do everything you can to complete your medical residency in good standing and on good terms. Protect your investment if you face professionalism, progression, misconduct, or other academic, performance, or disciplinary issues putting your Duke University Hospital medical residency at risk. Retain premier medical resident attorney advisor Joseph D. Lento for your winning defense.

Duke University Hospital Medical Resident Policies

Duke University School of Medicine oversees medical residencies at Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, the VA Medical Center, and Outpatient Clinics in Durham, and at Duke Raleigh Hospital in nearby Raleigh. Duke Med maintains policies that residents in those programs must meet. The Duke Department of Surgery graduate medical education policies are an example, requiring residents to comply with obligations relating to drug-free workplaces, anti-harassment provisions, impaired performance, and medical licensure. The health system operating Duke University Hospital and the other medical facilities offering residencies in Durham also maintains resident policies. To enter one of those Durham medical residencies, the candidate must sign a Duke University Health System agreement of appointment. Your signed agreement requires that you meet the residency program's policies in each of these areas:

  • Obeying the medical staff bylaws and institution's policies applicable to other employees
  • Attend all required educational conferences and complete all assigned educational duties meeting all standards
  • Provide competent clinical services as assigned to all patients under your care for all assigned work duty hours
  • Meet ACGME milestones in demonstrating competency in patient care, medical knowledge
  • Interpersonal and communication skills, practice-based learning and improvement, professionalism, and systems-based practice
  • Complete all medical recordkeeping and other documentation and administrative requirements of the institution
  • Complete and comply with all surveys, reviews, evaluations, and quality assurance and credentialing activities
  • Cooperate with the hospital's departments of nursing, professional services, financial services, social services, and other ancillary departments
  • Comply with the hospital's policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment

Duke University Hospital Residency Violations

These many policies, together with the program's high standards and the natural challenges of navigating any medical residency, create real risks that the medical resident will violate one or more policies and face disciplinary charges, program termination, or program non-renewal. The Duke University Health System agreement of appointment expressly conditions program renewal and continuation on “satisfactory completion of all training components and satisfactory academic progress as mandated by the Program and the Institution,” “full compliance with the terms of this Agreement,” and “satisfactory performance evaluations and documentation of passage of appropriate licensing examinations.” The agreement of appointment states that failing to meet those requirements can lead to the medical resident facing charges under the Corrective Action and Hearing Procedures (CAHP) for Associate Medical Staff of Duke University Hospital. That's how Duke University Hospital winnows residents whom it determines are not meeting institutional requirements. Retain premier medical resident defense attorney advisor Joseph D. Lento if you face a corrective action hearing procedure at Duke University Hospital.

Duke University Hospital Protective Procedures

Duke University Hospital knows that you have a lot riding on your medical residency. It also knows that contract and other law likely requires it to provide you with basic due process before revoking, terminating, or non-renewing your medical residency. Indeed, Duke University Hospital's agreement of appointment assures you of adequate facilities, resources, support personnel, and equipment, a “fair and consistent method” of reviewing your concerns, and processes “for review of trainee's performance, deficiencies, or related issues of concern,” “in connection with any adverse or remedial actions taken, or proposed to be taken” as to your residency. The hospital's agreement of appointment also assures you of both the above Corrective Action and Hearing Procedures (CAHP) if the hospital intends to dismiss you or non-renew your residency and a separate grievance procedure if you have concerns or complaints. If Duke University Hospital does not follow these protective procedures, it could be liable for arbitrary or capricious action damaging your medical career or other breaches of its obligations under your agreement of appointment.

Defending Duke University Hospital Residency Charges

These protective procedures ensuring that you get a fair chance to complete your Duke University Hospital medical residency are not necessarily self-executing. Just because the hospital promises procedures doesn't mean you'll get the full benefit of them. Your residency supervisor or another program or hospital official may allege that you have failed to meet clinical standards, complete all assignments, comply with documentation, maintain collegial relationships, meet academic requirements, or otherwise failed to meet all residency requirements. In that case, you will need to notify program officials that you intend to invoke protective procedures to answer, defend, and defeat the charges. Don't retain a local criminal defense attorney or other unqualified representatives. Instead, retain premier medical resident attorney advisor Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm medical resident defense team so that you get the best possible outcome through premier representation. Even if you must withdraw from your residency, let attorney advisor Lento help you do so on the terms that enable you to resume and complete a residency. Get the professional representation you need to preserve your medical residency and career. Call 535-3686 or go online now.

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If you, or your student, are facing any kind of disciplinary action, or other negative academic sanction, and are having feelings of uncertainty and anxiety for what the future may hold, contact the Lento Law Firm today, and let us help secure your academic career.

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