Probationary Accreditation Status
Accreditation and ACGME Updates
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Probationary Status FAQs
On Jan. 21, 2022, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) notified The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education that its Sponsoring Institution was being placed on probationary accreditation status. On Jan. 6, 2023, the ACGME informed the Sponsoring Institution that its accreditation status will continue as probationary. The ACGME will conduct a remote site visit of our Sponsoring Institution on Tuesday, September 12, 2023.
All residency and fellowship programs at The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education remain accredited (Psychiatry through June 30, 2024). The Sponsoring Institution is looking forward to a return site visit by the ACGME in September.
What does “Probationary Accreditation status” mean?
Probationary accreditation status is a label conferred by the ACGME – our national graduate medical education regulatory body that provides accreditation to sponsoring residency and fellowship programs. Probation is a term used for programs and/or sponsoring institutions (SI) that do not demonstrate “substantial compliance” with the ACGME’s published requirements.
SIs on probationary status remain accredited to sponsor all currently accredited residency and fellowship programs, but they may not apply for accreditation of new programs. SIs on probationary accreditation status must share the probationary status information with current residents, fellows, and applicants.
Why did the ACGME place The Wright Center on probationary accreditation status?
The Sponsoring Institution received a detailed letter outlining noted citations, which we are actively working to resolve.
If I am applying for a residency program, what effect does accreditation status have on me?
As an applicant or interviewee, this accreditation status will have no impact on your ability to match to our Program(s). The ACGME is very clear that this accreditation status will have no effect on our recruitment efforts and all interested candidates are urged to apply.
Will this accreditation status affect visa sponsorships for incoming residents and fellows?
No. Applicants needing a visa should proceed as usual. For more information on how to apply, click here.
If I am a resident or fellow, will SI probationary status affect my license or my ability to graduate from a residency or fellowship program?
No. Our ACGME Sponsoring Institution and all of its residency and fellowship programs remain accredited with no impact on graduation or recruitment.
What steps are we taking to address the ACGME probationary status?
We have taken immediate actions to resolve the ACGME’s concerns and will be undertaking further initiatives throughout the coming weeks and months.
Some of the steps we have already taken or plan to take include:
- Activating a Special Review Committee to lead our remediation strategy and quality improvement process that will include a cross-section of board members, faculty, staff, residents, and fellows.
- Retaining an independent, national expert in ACGME accreditation to evaluate our operation, oversight, and supervision of our graduate medical education programs and recommend improvements.
- Exercising more oversight of our residency and fellowship programs to identify and address areas for improvement through more frequent reviews by our Graduate Medical Education Committee.
- Increasing resources, including hiring additional staff, to further support our Graduate Medical Education office and our residency and fellowship programs.
- Furthering open communication efforts with residents and fellows through climate surveys, town halls, and one-on-ones with executive management.
- Reviewing and eliminating any health and disability insurance coverage gaps for residents and fellows.
- Enhancing and bolstering our newly launched Resident & Fellow Wellness Resiliency program.
- Launching Sanctuary Model training for all employees will provide guiding principles and specific tools to address the ways trauma, adversity, and chronic stress influence individuals as well as entire organizations.
When will ACGME-accreditation status be restored?
The Sponsoring Institution was notified on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, that its accreditation status will continue as probationary. The formal detailed report from the ACGME was received and outlined any areas of concern and necessary action. The ACGME will conduct a remote site visit of our Sponsoring Institution on Tuesday, September 12, 2023.
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