Physician Training Programs Receive Highest Accreditation
ALBANY, N.Y., November 12, 2012— Albany Medical Center Graduate Medical Education has been awarded a five-year accreditation status, the maximum, by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the major regulatory body overseeing graduate medical training programs in the United States.
“This accreditation validates our intense efforts to fulfill our educational mission to provide outstanding graduate medical training for our residents and fellows that best prepares them for independent practice,” said Joel M. Bartfield, M.D., associate dean for Graduate Medical Education.
Graduate medical education refers to the training period that occurs after physicians receive their medical degrees and includes residencies and fellowships.
Albany Med’s exemplary compliance with the ACGME’s requirements was measured through a lengthy institutional review which included extensive documentation and a site visit earlier this year. The accreditation process confirmed that Albany Med demonstrates proper oversight and management of 35 graduate medical programs that train residents in such specialties as internal medicine, emergency medicine, anesthesiology and pediatrics among many others.
“As a proven leader in graduate medical education, Albany Med is committed to meeting the region's and the nation’s need for highly skilled physicians by providing excellent training programs and learning opportunities. Our residents interact with more than 400 residents and fellows in training, and are taught by more than 700 full-time and voluntary faculty physicians from throughout the Capital Region,” said Vincent Verdile, M.D., dean of Albany Medical College and executive vice president for health affairs.
For more information: http://www.amc.edu/Academic/GME/index.cfm.
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is a private, non-profit organization that accredits approximately 8,900 residency programs in 133 specialties and subspecialties that educate 113,000 residents. Its mission is to improve the quality of health care in the United States by assessing and advancing the quality of resident physicians’ education. For more information: www.acgme.org.
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