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The Internal Medicine department at Northridge University Medical Center is in the process of relocating its two-person internal medicine department to the other building.
The move comes after a recent uptick in hospital admissions and a high-profile case of breast cancer in the Northridge internal residency program.
The move is a good one, according to Northridge Associate Professor of Internal Medicine Jeffrey Dolan.
“We’ve had a lot of patients in our internal medicine residency program,” he said.
“We’ve been getting more patients in the program.
We have a lot more of our patients coming through our residency program than we did a couple years ago.
So, it’s a good time for us to get the two-member residency program moving.”
There is also the issue of a rising incidence of breast cancers in the general population.
So we do need to look at ways to reduce that and to increase our screening and to decrease the incidence of the breast cancer.
“The internal medicine program opened in 2013, and Dolan said the growth in patients has been good, but there has been a spike in admissions, which are down from a peak of 2,000 patients in 2013.
In 2018, the program saw its third-highest number of admissions in a single year, with 6,000.
It’s not surprising, Dolan explained, because of the increasing number of breast-cancer cases.”
But there’s an increased incidence of other cancers as well.””
So that increases our patients and we need to treat that patients as well as we can.
But there’s an increased incidence of other cancers as well.”
So, why move the residency program?
Dolan explained the program had a reputation of being tough on the patients, and it was difficult for the staff to manage.
The program was not always welcoming, and sometimes it felt like there was something wrong with our patients, he said, but he also said there was a lot going on in the world outside of medicine.
“I think a lot has changed in the last 10 years,” he added.
“There’s an increase in the number of drugs being marketed, the number and type of tests being done.
There are more medical devices.
There’s a lot happening outside of medical settings.”
Dolan said internal medicine has been struggling with staffing, as well.
He said he and other colleagues felt pressured to stay longer than needed to help the patients.
He was even able to keep his internal medicine license for a year in 2017 after he was hired as the program’s medical director.
But now, he says the time is right for him to step aside and get back into his home state of Illinois, which has a booming economy.
“Now is the time for me to move back to Illinois and just focus on my job,” he stated.
“That’s what I’m trying to do, is focus on that.”
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