TYLER — The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has been reaccredited for five years – the maximum term of accreditation – by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). UTHSCT is home to physician residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine, as well as serving as the program sponsor for an internal medicine residency program at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview. The ACGME is a private professional organization that accredits 8,887 residency education programs. It also monitors institutions that offer residency programs to make sure they provide enough educational, financial, and human resources to support these programs.
“By reaccrediting us for a full five years, the ACGME has shown confidence in our ability to offer a first-class education to the physicians enrolled in our residency programs,” said Jonathan MacClements, M.D., UTHSCT’s director of medical education. The committee that reviewed UTHSCT commended it for “its demonstrated substantial compliance with the ACGME’s institutional requirements.” The Health Science Center is accredited through September 2017.
Residency programs provide physicians just out of medical school with intensive, hands-on training in primary care – family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics – or in a specialty such as cardiology or pulmonology. UTHSCT residency programs have provided East Texas with a steady supply of new physicians for more than 25 years: about 60 percent of its 123 family medicine graduates and 50 percent of the 26 occupational medicine graduates now practice in this region. UTHSCT officials say that’s important because the Association of American Medical Colleges projects a shortage of 45,000 primary care doctors in the United States by 2020 and a shortage of 65,000 primary care doctors by 2025.