April 26, 2006
The University of Virginia Medical Center is facing a possible two-year probationary status for its medical residency programs.
At the yearly State of the School of Medicine, Vice President and CEO of UVA Medical Center Ed Howell told staff they are facing sanctions by the ACGME, based on the way some administration is handled.
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Association notified UVA that they have not accepted their changes as acceptable.
The process began back in July of 2005 when UVA Medical Center received the first letter from the ACGME stating the problem. Then, in December of last year, UVA was warned of a possible probation if the problems were not fixed. UVA responded to the letter in January and outlined changes they had made to correct the problems. Now, the ACGME has notified UVA that the changes were not enough.
According to Howell, all of the problems listed by the ACGME were administrative in nature and do not affect care of the patients.
"The university is committed to attending to those matters. It does not impact our accreditation of our residency programs at all. There is no impact on those programs. I don't think I can emphasize that strongly enough," Howell said.
The University is deciding whether to appeal the decision. They will hear the exact charges during a conference call in May.