CMU Health Division
of Psychiatry secures residency accreditation
Need growing for
expanded mental health care in central, northern Michigan
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich., October 18, 2013 -- The Central
Michigan University Health Division of Psychiatry, which serves patients in the
mid-Michigan area, is in even better position to fill the growing need for
mental health in the central and northern regions of the state.
The Division of Psychiatry, an arm of the CMU College of
Medicine, will welcome its first class of residents in July 2014 now that it
received initial accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate
Medical Education. Residents will work with CMU Health staff in Mount Pleasant,
Midland and Saginaw.
“This is a great accomplishment,” CMU Health Chief of
Psychiatry Dr. Ronald Bradley said. “There’s never been a focus from other
universities to supply and meet the demands of northern Lower Michigan.”
Bradley is a board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in
chronic pain management – he serves on Gov. Rick Snyder’s Advisory Committee on
Pain and Symptom Management – who works three days a week in the clinic in
Foust Hall on the CMU campus. He sees the growing need every day.
“I’m booked a month out,” he said.
Receiving initial accreditation from ACGME, a private,
nonprofit organization that accredits about 9,200 residency programs in 130
specialties and subspecialties, was an 18-month process. The CMU College of
Medicine had to develop a broad staff of board-certified psychiatrists, partner
with community hospitals in Mount Pleasant, Saginaw, Midland, Bay City and
several community mental health centers. Initial review will be followed by
another review in two years.
Bradley said the work of Program Director Dr. James Dillon,
former director of the psychiatric and medical services for the state of
Michigan, and Clerkship Director Dr. Norman S. Miller, was vital to building the
services necessary for accreditation. Miller, along with Dr. Cara Poland in
Mount Pleasant and Bradley, provided the Division of Psychiatry with a center
of excellence in alcoholism. CMU Health also is providing autism diagnosis and
treatment and works with military veterans and their families.
“We have M-Span (Military Support Programs and Networks) for
military families,” Bradley said. “The Michigan military that serves in
Afghanistan has a higher than usual rate of suicide and alcoholism, and we’re
offering an important resource.”
The CMU College of Medicine, the nation’s 137th medical
school, has a unique mission to train physicians to care for the residents of
Michigan’s medically underserved cities and towns. Michigan is expected to have
a shortage of 4,000 to 6,000 physicians by 2020.
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Contact: Jim Knight, 989-774-2696, firstname.lastname@example.org