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CMU College of Medicine graduate medical education programs achieve full accreditation

Training attracts resident physicians from across the U.S.

Contact: Curt Smith

All six Central Michigan University College of Medicine graduate medical education programs have achieved full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

The College of Medicine jointly manages graduate medical education residency programs​ with Covenant HealthCare and St. Mary’s of Michigan. Programs include emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, OB/GYN and psychiatry as well as an Emergency Medicine Fellowship.

“I am extremely pleased and excited that each of our GME programs has achieved full accreditation,” said Dr. George Kikano, dean of the CMU College of Medicine. “This is quite an accomplishment and is another example of the great work being done by the College of Medicine and our partners in the Saginaw area. I would like to credit Dr. Mary Jo Wagner and her team for the outstanding job they have done with managing these programs.”

GME programs must undergo a rigorous review process in order to become accredited. Residency and other GME programs attract medical students from across the country who are looking to continue their education as resident physicians.

Dr. Wagner, designated institutional official/interim executive director who oversees the GME programs in Saginaw, said this represents nearly 70 years of excellence in medical education and training.

“Saginaw’s medical community has a history of outstanding training programs, including its first residency program, OB/GYN, originally accredited in 1947, and the family medicine program which was founded in 1969,” Wagner said.

Established in 1981, ACGME is a private, nonprofit organization that reviews and accredits graduate medical education programs and the institutions that sponsor them in the United States. The mission of the ACGME is to improve health care and population health by assessing and advancing the quality of resident physicians' education through accreditation.

The CMU College of Medicine has a mission to improve access to high-quality health care in Michigan emphasizing rural and medically underserved regions and to address an anticipated shortage of 4,000 to 6,000 physicians in Michigan by 2020.

College of Medicine students spend their first two years of study on CMU’s main campus in a state-of-the-art 60,000-square-foot facility. In 2015, a $25 million, 46,000-square-foot College of Medicine educational facility opened in Saginaw to educate third- and fourth-year medical students and residents.

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