Former partners Methodist Hospital, Houston, and Baylor College of Medicine unveiled new programs as they continued to go their separate ways. Methodist said it received accreditation for seven pathology specialty residency programs, creating its first hospital-sponsored graduate medical education program. Baylor said it would develop a joint neurosurgery program with University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, to be led by Raymond Sawaya, head of the department at the University of Texas for 15 years. Methodist and Baylor are competing for local doctors' business after ending their 50-year affiliation in April 2004. Baylor dropped Methodist as its primary teaching facility for adult private patients, moving the designation to St. Luke's Episcopal Health System, also in Houston. Methodist later created a teaching affiliation with Weill Cornell Medical College, New York. -- by Paul Barr
Ex-partners Methodist, Baylor move into future as rivals
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