Medical students delighted with Delaware branch campus

Medical students delighted with Delaware branch campus

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Students of the Class of 2013 are enjoying their experience as the first contingent to learn at Christiana Hospital since its designation as a Jefferson Medical College branch campus.

Christiana Care is participating in Jefferson Medical College’s Delaware Branch Campus program, underscoring the transformative role the health system plays in medical education.

This achievement specifically spotlights our core competency in providing clinical education to third- and fourth-year medical students. Christiana Care has a long-standing relationship in providing first-rate medical education to students from Jefferson, one of the country’s top-rated medical collleges.

As a branch campus, Christiana Care can provide better care to our neighbors by allowing these students to receive additional medical education opportunities on our campus. Plus, receiving more of their clinical training at Christiana Care increases the likelihood that these students remain to practice in Delaware when they complete their residency training.

This new partnership with one of the nation’s foremost medical research institutions, in collaboration with other Jefferson branch campus partners, strengthens Christiana Care’s ability to increase its research grant capacity.

Designation as a Jefferson Delaware branch campus also benefits the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance, of which we are one of four member institutions. A future Jefferson facility at the University of Delaware for medical students in Delaware is a key component of the Alliance.

Other branch campus partners include the DuPont Hospital for Children and the Wilmington VA Medical Center.

Eleven students started their third year of medical education at Christiana Care at the beginning of July. They comprise our inaugural class, the Class of 2013.

Our new medical student liaison in Academic Affairs, Christine Sowinski, MSM, is providing assistance to these and future students at our campus.

Here are some comments from the students after nearly six months at Christiana Hospital:

“Everyone in the hospital has been great to work with and I have already learned a lot. I am looking forward to continuing my rotations at Christiana Care!”

–Justin Davanzo

“Having the opportunity to learn within the education-friendly Christiana Hospital throughout mutiple rotations allows us … to truly feel a part of the team. We recognize nurses and physicians from other rotations and are able to better understand how the system works. It … beats the crowds of academic hospitals for a more individualized learning experience in a beautiful facility.”

–Upasana Joneja

“Being at Christiana Care has been a wonderful experience thus far. There is a great camaraderie among the staff I have had the opportunity to work with and this has allowed me to really feel like part of the team.”

–Amy Weniger

“Having the ability to do all of the third-year clerkships at the same hospital gives me a special opportunity to build strong and rewarding relationships with the excellent physicians, nurses and staff of Christiana Care.”

–Leonard Nowcid