Emergency Medicine Residency Program Earns Initial Accreditation
First And Only In The Area To Receive Status
JOPLIN, Mo. — The Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Freeman Health System has been granted initial accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Freeman is the first and only emergency medicine residency program in the area to receive this status.
“It was no easy task to accomplish this accreditation, and it’s proof that our program has met the highest standard,” said Paula F. Baker, Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer. “We were evaluated on everything – the administration, faculty, available resources and the safety of our patients and residents – to ensure quality care and learning.”
The ACGME initial accreditation allows osteopathic and allopathic medical school graduates to train in the emergency medicine residency program at Freeman, significantly increasing the pool of potential students.
The Emergency Medicine Residency Program enables medical school graduates to complete the final phase of their medical education. A maximum of 18 residents are recruited through a national process that matches medical school graduates with residency programs around the nation.
As residents advance, they gain increasing independence and autonomy, culminating in the opportunity to take their medical board exams and become fully licensed, practicing physicians. Some will go directly into emergency medicine practice while others will go into fellowships for specialties.
As a teaching hospital, Freeman provides medical students and resident doctors the opportunity to study with some of the most knowledgeable and dedicated physicians in the country. Freeman sponsors graduate medical education training in four residency programs: Emergency Medicine; Ear, Nose, and Throat (Otolaryngology/Facial Plastic Surgery); Internal Medicine; and Psychiatry.
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