Bingham Internal Medicine Residency program receives highest accreditation rating

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Bingham Memorial Hospital news release

BLACKFOOT, ID – February 6, 2018 – Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH) is pleased to announce that their Bingham Internal Medicine Residency program has received initial accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The ACGME oversees accreditation of the allopathic arm of medical education, which represents approximately 92 percent of all practicing physicians in the United States. The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) that controls the osteopathic arm of medical education initially accredited their internal medicine residency program.

“Being accredited by the AOA was a worthy feat for the Bingham family of medical care as they are significantly stringent in a manner comparable to the ACGME in its requirements for training residents,” says Dr. B. Shields Stutts, cardiologist and residency director at BMH. “Receiving this accreditation signifies we have done a credible job in our efforts to train physicians in our internal medicine program, and allows us to plan for existence beyond 2020 when credentialing for both osteopathic and allopathic will come under the scrutiny of the ACGME.”

The Bingham Internal Medicine Residency program applicant pool will increase fourfold with this accreditation because now both Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) candidates may apply to their reputable program. Previously, they were only able to accept DO physician graduates.

“At Bingham Memorial, we recognize embodying an academic program in daily patient care has contributed positively to the daily care of patients and to our high level of patient satisfaction,” says Dr. Stutts. “This accreditation is a win for our patients and will ultimately help to contribute to overcoming our doctor shortage in Idaho. Currently Idaho ranks 49th in physicians per capita. This will also be a win for Idaho.”

Accreditation is achieved through a voluntary process of evaluation and review based on published accreditation standards. ACGME accreditation provides assurance that a sponsoring institution or program meets the quality standards (institutional and program requirements) of the specialty or subspecialty practice(s) for which it prepares its graduates. Bingham’s residency program trains their residents in the internal medicine specialty.

“ACGME accredits approximately 10,000 residency and fellowship programs in 150 specialties and subspecialties,” says Shane Robinson, administrative director of graduate medical education at BMH. “This accreditation is a remarkable accomplishment for Bingham Memorial’s graduate medical education program and for our leadership, faculty, staff, and the residents of Eastern Idaho. Our program will continue to attract talented and prestigious students and faculty because Bingham Memorial is an excellent place to learn, work, and receive care.”