GME program continues accreditation with no citations

The Graduate Medical Education (GME) program at the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership has once again received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) with no citations.

The Medical Partnership’s GME program, the Internal Medicine Residency Program in partnership with St. Mary’s Health Care System, has achieved no citations every year since its initial accreditation in 2014.

“Continued accreditation is a great feeling,” said the Internal Medicine Residency Program’s director, Dr. Lela Ward. “It shows that our program has a high standard of training and exemplifies our dedication to resident wellbeing, their work-life balance, and the exceptional care delivered to our community. It demonstrates St. Mary’s dedication and commitment to our program.”

All programs of the ACGME are subject to an annual screening of accreditation and site visits approximately every two years. To assess accreditation, the ACGME compiles information about a program—surveys about the adequacy of patient volume and variety for other specialties; information on scholarly activity for residents/fellows and faculty members; resident/fellow and/or faculty member attrition; and transitions in program and/or institutional leadership.

The ACGME commended the residency program for “its demonstrated substantial compliance with the program requirements without any new citations.”

“This is wonderful news for our residency program,” said Shelley Nuss, campus dean of the Medical Partnership and campus associate dean for GME. “I want to give thanks to everyone for their dedication to our program. It takes a team to make this happen.”

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