Methodist Hospital, Houston, rebounding from the April breakup of its 50-year relationship with Baylor College of Medicine, is entering a long-distance affiliation with Weill Cornell Medical College in New York and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Methodist will meet its commitment to Baylor residents for the next four years, a Methodist spokeswoman said. What happens as residency slots open or with clinical training of Weill Cornell students has not been determined, said Antonio Gotto, dean of the New York medical college. As part of the 30-year agreement, Methodist physicians can opt to have faculty appointments at Weill Cornell, Gotto said. Gotto was chairman of Baylor's internal medicine department and chief of internal medicine at Methodist from 1977 to 1996. There were no discussions between Weill Cornell and Methodist before the breakup, he said. Weill Cornell's 2-year-old medical school campus in Doha, Qatar, in the Persian Gulf, will serve as a model for the relationship with Methodist, he said. "We're committed to the globalization of medicine, so there is no reason it shouldn't work across state lines," Gotto said. -- by Modern Physician/MP Stat
Houston's Methodist to affiliate with N.Y. school
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