Accreditation group visits MU medical school to re-evaluate probation status

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 12:07 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 28, 2009

COLUMBIA — After putting the MU School of Medicine’s resident education program on probation last spring, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education visited the school on Tuesday to re-evaluate its accreditation status. School officials think the council will meet in January to evaluate the site visit and reach a decision shortly after.

“The University of Missouri is taking steps to significantly improve its education program for resident physicians. These steps resolve issues identified by the ACGME,” School of Medicine spokesman Rich Gleba said.

The council placed the institutional administrative component of MU's resident education program on probation in April. The action is not associated with accreditation of individual residency and fellowship programs in MU medical departments and divisions, and it is not associated with the education of medical students, Gleba said.

“MU has an internationally admired education program for medical students, which recently received the maximum level of reaccreditation possible from the Association of American Medical Colleges,” Gleba said. “Furthermore, every component of MU's resident education program remains fully accredited.”

The decision, made after the council's last visit to MU in February 2008, involved the proper referencing of policy language in manuals, resident representation at meetings on campus, processes for reviewing and disseminating internal reports, and the level of resources and oversight associated with institutional administration of the residents' daily work.

Since the council's previous visit, developments to MU's graduate medical education program have included reassigning tasks to nurses, social workers, pharmacists and other staff members so resident physicians can focus on other duties with higher educational value, Gleba said. Also, new staff members are being hired when necessary, and the school has increased its investment in faculty time devoted to the administration of graduate medical education.

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