Family Medicine Residency Program Receives Dual Accreditation
Meadville Medical Center
Meadville, Pennsylvania - The Family Medicine Residency Program at Meadville
Medical Center (MMC) announced today that they have received accreditation
from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Since 2003 the residency program at MMC has been accredited by the American
Osteopathic Association, which allows Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine
(D.O.) to complete their residency at MMC prior to practicing as a licensed
physician. The dual accreditation with ACGME allows both D.O. and Doctor
of Medicine (M.D.) graduates to complete their residency at MMC.
"We have not been able to accept M.D. residents into our program
for 15 years. The ACGME accreditation allows us to do that and in turn
increase the pool of applicants who will apply for admission into our
program. I couldn't be more excited," said Frank McLaughlin,
D.O., Chair, Family Medicine Residency Program at MMC.
To qualify for accreditation under ACGME, both the medical center and
the residency program had to meet certain criteria and individuals who
go through the program will see additional requirements prior to graduation.
The first class of four residents, under the dual accreditation, will
begin in July 2019. Competition to fill the four vacancies is expected
to increase from approximately 20 to 200 applicants.
Patients will see no significant difference as a result of the dual accreditation,
hospital officials said. The first residency graduation class was in 1998
and 10 graduates are practicing locally.