UM’s Regional Medical Campus Earns Three-Year Accreditation

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Regional Campus has earned institutional accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for the next three years, the maximum allowed. The institution is the sponsor of three graduate medical education programs on the regional campus.

In its first visit to the campus, the council’s institutional review committee commended the regional campus for its “demonstrated substantial compliance with the ACGME’s institutional requirements without citations.”

“The accreditation and the success of the review are tributes to the hard work and commitment of our faculty, residents, educational leadership and administrators, as well as the administration of our partner hospitals in Palm Beach County,” said Joan E. St. Onge, M.D., Assistant Regional Dean for Clinical Curriculum, and the Designated Institutional Official.

The review committee also commended the sponsoring institution, the designated institutional official and the graduate medical education committee for their effective supervision of the program.

Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor of Medicine and Executive Dean for Education and Policy, credited the “remarkable outcome” to the efforts of all of the Palm Beach based UM faculty, especially St. Onge and Daniel Lichtstein, M.D., Regional Dean for Medical Education.

“To receive no citations and a commendation is virtually unheard of for a first accreditation visit,” said Gardner.

Now in its fifth year, the regional campus has grown substantially. Last year, the campus received approval for the first allopathic surgical residency program in Palm Beach County. The new five-year program, implemented in close collaboration with JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, joins the campus’s residency program in internal medicine, the only other allopathic residency program in Palm Beach County, the hospice and palliative care fellowship, both of which train residents at JFK and the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center. The regional campus is the clinical training site for the new four-year M.D./M.P.H. program, which enrolled its first class in June 2011.

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