Athens Regional Medical Center is pleased announce its Internal Medicine Residency Program has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Athens Regional’s program is affiliated with the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership.
“This is an important milestone in the continuing growth and success of our health care organization. Accreditation shows our commitment to providing the highest levels of quality care to our patients, and the same high level of conduct in our practices. Our mission is to become a nationally recognized, accredited program,” said Dr. Catherine Apaloo, Athens Regional Medical Center Internal Medicine Program Director.
The Internal Medicine Residency is a 3-year training program. Athens Regional has been approved to fill 45 residency positions, 15 per training year. The ARMC program will be the largest of its kind in the area. The faculty represents local community physicians who will provide the educational training and support for residents in both an inpatient and outpatient setting.
“Our approach to teaching our residents will be grounded in evidence based, patient centered care. We will respect the needs and values of each individual as well as be responsive to the needs of our community,” Dr. Apaloo said.
Dr. Jonathan Murrow, Designated Institutional Official for Graduate Medical Education, added that, “The Athens Regional Internal Medicine Residency program is unique as it includes a Primary Care track in which residents may acquire the needed skills to practice primary care medicine upon completion of the training. “In addition, the program includes a Business of Medicine curricula designed to prepare our residents for management of private practices.”
With the accreditation, Athens Regional will now implement the next phase of the approved curriculum for the program. Recruitment for residents will begin in the fall of 2015 with the first group of residents beginning on July 1, 2016.