DCA’s health system clients average in size from $2.0-$7.0 billion in annual revenues, and the organizations manage about 50-1,500 studies concurrently, depending on their size and stage of maturity.

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Grants Management

DCA’s substantial involvement in Academic Medicine (research, development, education and innovation) has resulted in considerable and comprehensive expertise in effective Grants Management.

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Medical Education

DCA works successfully with large
academic medical systems, sponsoring institutions, and individual training
programs across the medical specialties spectrum.

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Whether it’s promising research, health care innovations,
or ever-increasing regulations, DCA is a trusted partner during turbulent times.

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ACGME Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Letters to the Community – March 19, 2020 Dear Members of the Graduate Medical Education Community, I and the ACGME recognize and thank the entire GME community for taking a critical role in the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. By engaging the GME programs in your health system’s planning and execution of this response, […]

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The Match®: 10 things to know as the day draws nigh

Even as COVID-19 upends daily life, Match Day goes on — sending medical students on the next step in their careers and strengthening America’s health care system. Each March, tens of thousands of medical students across the nation simultaneously engage in one of the most exciting rites of their young careers: tearing open envelopes or […]

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The Case for Shortening Medical Education

A simple change can give us more doctors and less student debt. The United States has among the fewest medical doctors per person among rich OECD countries. It is no coincidence that the U.S. is far out of line with international norms regarding physician education, as well. Apart from Canada, the United States is the […]

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Matthew Brown, MD
AMITA Health – Chicago, IL

DCA was retained by AMITA Health to assess the need to integrate/combine same specialty ACGME Residency Programs that were sponsored by separate AMITA hospitals. These Programs appeared to be highly competitive in their resident recruitment, financially and resident retention challenged, and philosophically different from the Corporate Mission. The process was weighted heavily on input from both hospital campuses, focus groups participation, survey and interview analytics, MEC and medical staff involvement, and an alternatives and financial impact analysis.

The professional comportment of the DCA Team and their demonstrated core expertise provided confidence to those involved that the knowledge and experience was “in the room” and yet the elasticity in the process was informed by careful listening. We knew the DCA Team was tasked with a difficult engagement. They came prepared, facilitated meetings with structure, fact, and opinion, and provided unparalleled survey and financial analytics. This process brought rigor, reliability, and reality to strategic direction recommended for the integration of our Programs.

Simultaneously, DCA was asked to assist in restructuring recommendations for the Division of Academic Medicine. This conversation resulted from organizational changes and needs that emerged from recent Corporate merger activity. Academic Medicine required a new direction that would be aligned with System service lines and the need for specialty and subspecialty physicians.

We valued DCA’s in-depth knowledge and expertise in not only the program, operational, and financial components of Graduate Medical Education but the inextricably linked accrediting association and federal funding agency otherwise known as ACGME and CMS. DCA’s experience enables client work product customization that is content specific, personalized, and scalable for each system and each market.

Since 2010, DCA built a long-standing relationship with the AMITA hospitals in the provision of GME and Research strategic, operational, and financial advisory services. DCA has now become an invaluable resource to the larger merged entity of AMITA Health and continues to provide expert advice and direction to our emerging Academic Medicine Division.