DMC cardiology residency program to face accreditation review after leadership shifts

The interventional cardiology residency program at Detroit Medical Center will undergo an accreditation inspection Feb. 8 following controversial leadership changes within the organization last fall, Crain’s Detroit Business reported.

Five top teaching doctors, including director Ted Schreiber, MD, were replaced in the fallout from what the hospital alleged were code-of-conduct violations but the doctors said were an act of retaliation for expressing concerns with DMC staffing and service reductions that impacted patient care.

"We made the changes in the cardiology service line for reasons that we have been clear about—standards of conduct violations that involved bullying of DMC team members including nurses, ancillary staff and physician colleagues," DMC said in a statement, according to Crain’s Detroit Business. "We believe the cardiology program is better off for it, and we have received favorable feedback from fellows that the program now offers a much richer learning environment."

However, all four fellows to the DMC Heart Hospital said in a letter the firings of core faculty members “has compromised the entire training program.” All four are at least considering transferring to other programs, two unnamed physicians told Crain’s.

One of the fellows said he and his colleagues are well behind schedule to meet the necessary number of interventional procedures to sit for their certification exams—an issue also cited by Schreiber in a letter to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, which will review the program.

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