August 4, 2016

WSU GME program wins 10-year accreditation, commendation

The Wayne State University School of Medicine's Graduate Medical Education Program has successfully achieved institutional accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for the next 10 years. The reaccreditation came with commendation from the ACGME for demonstrating substantial compliance and no citations.

WSU is the sole sponsoring institution for 10 GME programs for residents and fellows in Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Otolaryngology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Brain Injury Medicine, Urology and Transitional Year.

"This is an acknowledgement of our commitment to Graduate Medical Education and working collaboratively with our hospital partners like Crittenton, Karmanos, the Veterans Administration, St. Joseph's Oakland, and Beaumont Health Dearborn and Taylor to create an optimal learning environment for the residents and fellows," said Tsveti Markova, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., associate dean of Graduate Medical Education and chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences. "GME has changed significantly over the last few years, focusing not only on process but on educational and patient care outcomes. We have developed innovative institution-wide initiatives to address quality improvement, patient safety and health care disparities. Residents are active participants and leaders in these initiatives."

Residencies are the next step after graduation from medical school, and typically provide three to seven years of supervised training, depending on the medical specialty.

The institution is accredited through 2026.

The program's leadership, faculty and staff continue to work diligently for the ongoing rigorous review through internal reviews, meetings of the school's Graduate Medical Education Council, surveys from residency participants and feedback from program directors and participating hospitals' administrations.

"In addition to acquiring medical knowledge and specific skill sets, residents learn how to function as a team in the complex health care system," Dr. Markova said. "Our GME team is getting recognized for the efforts and we are successful in publishing and presenting the results on regional and national levels. Our WSU residency programs attract high-quality applicants consistently with a 100 percent match rate."

The program recently completed orientation for 52 new residents who started July 1.

The ACGME is a private, nonprofit organization that accredits residency programs in 130 specialties and subspecialties. Its mission is to improve health care by assessing and advancing the quality of resident physicians' education through exemplary accreditation. Accreditation is voluntary, but programs must be ACGME-accredited to receive GME funding from the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.