Illinois residency programs will soon have to report residents who leave training early to the state’s physician licensing board, the Chicago Tribune reports.
State officials announced the change after reports revealed that Anthony Garcia, a doctor accused of murder, obtained a medical license in Illinois despite his early termination from a University of Illinois at Chicago residency program.
Garcia was arrested in July, charged with killing four people connected to the Omaha residency program he was dismissed from in 2001.
Sue Hofer, spokesperson for the Illinois state regulation department, told the Tribune the department had been aware of “problems with clarifying whether clinical programs need to be required to notify” the agency when residents don’t finish training.
"Dr. Garcia provided a very good example of some of those problems we had seen in the past, and this clarifies to the heads of the program that it doesn't matter if it was mutual or the program or the participant, we need to know if there is a separation," Hofer told the Tribune.