Probationary Accreditation Status
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Probationary Status FAQs
On Jan. 21, 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.
All residency and fellowship programs at The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education remain accredited and an ACGME follow-up site visit has already been scheduled for August 2022.
The Wright Center takes this accreditation decision very seriously and we are moving forward with a corrective action plan to restore our accreditation status as quickly as possible. Our goal is not just to have the probation status lifted but to exceed the ACGME’s standards.
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?
We are already moving forward with a corrective action plan to restore our 10-year continuing accreditation status as quickly as possible.
Nothing the ACGME provided is surprising: All of the information remains consistent with what ACGME site visitors shared with us during their exit interview on Jan. 5. Our goal is not just to have the probation status lifted, but to exceed ACGME’s accreditation standards.
We had self-identified issues prior to their arrival, and were proactively addressing them.
If I am applying for a residency program, what effect does accreditation status have on me or on the upcoming Match Day?
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 that will provide guiding principles and specific tools to address the ways trauma, adversity and chronic stress influence individuals as well as entire organizations.
How long will The Wright Center be on probation? And what is the process to have continuing accreditation status restored?
There is no set timeline for lifting the probation, but the ACGME has indicated that it will return for a follow-up review in August 2022.
We will embrace any and all opportunities for improvement identified by the ACGME, and we will be working hard not just to meet, but to exceed Sponsoring Institutional accreditation standards by the August visit.