discussions centered on several features of the combined FHCC, including the opportunities that the larger and more diverse patient population and the broader range of clinical services offer for both teaching and research.
Rosalind Franklin has been affiliated with the NCVAMC since 1980, when the university moved from downtown Chicago to North Chicago. The university has many doctoral and masters degree programs requiring clinical experience that is provided in part by the FHCC. There are schools of medicine, podiatry, pharmacy, and health professions, and a school of basic science that grants doctorates in the biomedical sciences. About 45 medical students a year have third-year clerkships in psychiatry, internal medicine, and neurology. There are about 40 residents a year in psychiatry and general internal medicine and 10 fellowships in endocrinology, pulmonology, infectious diseases, and cardiology. The 140 residents in podiatry do rotations at the FHCC, as well as 7 psychology students, 7 physical therapy students, 2 nurse anesthesiology students, and 18 students from other programs. The university has started a school of pharmacy, and there are plans for the 12 initial pharmacy students to rotate at the FHCC pharmacy.
The FHCC also has affiliations with Loyola University Chicago and the University of Illinois, and each year provides training for more than 400 residents, interns, and medical students, as well as students of other disciplines, including health services administration, audiology/speech pathology, biomedical engineering, dental assisting, medical technology, pharmacy, nursing, physical therapy, podiatry, psychology, and social work.
In their presentation to the committee, the director and deputy director of the FHCC said it has added new clinical disciplines for training experience, for example, family medicine, pediatrics, and hospitalist practice, as well as increased faculty and medicine. Trainees can now also be exposed to other disciplines, such as dermatology, ophthalmology, gynecology, and emergency medicine. There are more ambulatory care preceptors. The FHCC will also be able to increase the pool of speakers and the diversity of topics for grand rounds and multidisciplinary conferences.
Rosalind Franklin will be able to make greater use of the FHCC as one of its training institutions because of the expanded number of specialties and subspecialties offered there. Many VA providers have faculty appointments, and the university has now appointed Navy clinicians as faculty.
According to the integration performance benchmark, the amount of research funding at the Lovell FHCC is larger than it was leading up to