McLaren Greater Lansing’s Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program was the First to Start the Pre-Accreditation Process Under the Single Accreditation System


McLaren Greater Lansing’s (MGL) Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program led by Douglas Dietzel, DO, Program Director and Herbert Ross, DO, Assistant Program Director, recently received pre-accreditation status from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  The Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program is the first of MGL’s residency programs to receive that status. The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) will no longer provide accreditation to osteopathic GME programs after June 30, 2020. 

MGL Residents

“The residency program offers a strong hands-on program with one of the biggest strengths of the program being that the majority of the faculty is fellowship trained. It provides a unique experience for its residents,” said Douglas Dietzel, DO.  Residents are exposed to multiple facets of general orthopedics including hand surgery, trauma, total joint replacement, sports medicine, spine surgery, foot and ankle surgery, arthroscopic surgery, and pediatric orthopedics.

The program started the transition process to ACGME accreditation in November 2014.  The first step was to obtain the institutional commitment to GME.  This included securing financial support for administrative, academic, and clinical resources, including personnel that would be required for the corporation to be compliant with relevant ACGME Institutional Requirements. 

In order to begin the application process, the leadership of the residency program had to identify the infrastructure that would be necessary for the transition.  For example, appointing members to the Clinical Competency Committee, (CCC) and the Program Evaluation Committee, (PEC); appointing core faculty who share a vision and contribute to the success of training and educating the residents; and developing and instituting policies and processes in order to meet ACGME program requirements. 

The program received pre-accreditation status in September 2015 followed by a site visit in November.  Once the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Orthopedic Surgery has met, an accreditation decision will be made.  MGL’s Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program is committed to meeting ACGME program requirements to ensure accreditation is granted.

Part of our experience in preparation for this transition was a feeling of urgency to submit our application.  This was due to information provided by the ACGME, and other sources, that the ACGME would receive an influx of new applications in the Fall.  During the recent inspection of our program, we learned this was not at all the case - MGL was apparently the first Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program under consideration for accreditation through the ACGME/AOA unification process.  We therefore learned that we have to proceed cautiously with information, to ensure a successful and less stressful application process.
We feel confident that we have provided an outstanding atmosphere for learning orthopedic surgery.  The program leadership and the faculty are enthusiastic and look forward to training the next generation of orthopedic surgeons in a new model of residency education. 

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