Since the last graduate medical education update in Academic Matters, we received notification of the accreditation of three new programs: hematology and medical oncology, ophthalmology and urology. All of our accredited programs submitted updates to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Accreditation Data System, or ADS. The council’s review committees evaluate programs annually based on our electronic submission of data through ADS, as well as data from the council’s annual resident and faculty surveys. This process was implemented as part of the Next Accreditation System that began several years ago.
Our programs have recently received notification from their review committees of continued accreditation, which is great news. One of our programs, radiology, recently had its 10-year self-study accreditation site visit. We will receive notification of the results later this year. This is the first 10-year visit our institution has had.
We also received notification of continued accreditation for the institution. We continue to review our ACGME-accredited programs annually, having completed this year’s review in the fall. These robust reviews are conducted by a subcommittee of the Graduate Medical Education Committee, which includes seasoned program directors, hospital staff and resident representatives.
Over the past year, we appointed Firas Madbak, M.D., as director of the surgical critical care fellowship program. With new leadership in the departments of ophthalmology and urology, applications for new programs in these two disciplines were submitted to their review committees in December. The ACGME conducted initial accreditation site visits in February and has since approved both programs, whose directors are preparing to welcome new residents in July.