NMCSD's Anesthesiology Department Earns Continued Accreditation

Story Number: NNS130703-22Release Date: 7/3/2013 12:59:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Justin W. Galvin, Naval Medical Center San Diego Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Medical Center San Diego's (NMCSD) anesthesiology
department has earned its Continued Accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) through April 2018.

According to the ACGME website, their mission is to improve health care by assessing and advancing the quality of resident physicians' education through exemplary accreditation. The purpose is to provide training programs of good educational quality in each medical specialty.

"It was the department's commitment to education, research and clinical teaching that made it possible for us to earn this accreditation," said Cmdr. (Dr.) Eugenio Lujan, Anesthesiology Residency Program Director.

NMCSD prepared for the ACGME accreditation through a step-by-step method to ensure the processes were in compliance with ACGME. First, NMCSD submitted the required application documents to the ACGME. Then in return, the ACGME sent field staff knowledgeable in the program to review the department and compose an objective report of their findings.

According to Lujan, the prep work started in the summer of 2012 and consisted of editing application documents in a process that took more than six months.

Lt. Nicole M. King, an anesthesiology resident, explained why it was important to her that this program has been accredited.

"This program consistently strives to make improvements so that our educational experience is the best there is, in or out of the military," said King. "It is a relief to know that your program will continue to be in
good standing throughout your time as a resident."

ACGME Executive Director Lorraine C. Lewis explained that after the thorough review, the field staff's findings are submitted to a review committee where
ACGME makes a judgment on the accreditation request.

NMCSD's anesthesiology department was found in compliance and therefore ACGME was able to the grant the continued accreditation.

The NMCSD anesthesiology residency program has a long history, dating back to 1958. The program's dedication to providing the highest level of academic and clinical training has resulted in full ACGME accreditation since 2008, 100% written board pass rates, and a legacy of graduates who have achieved professional success.

The military-unique curriculum and rotations, such as humanitarian assistance aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH-19), allow residents to reinforce their anesthesiology skills through additional training and practice in austere and operational environments.

"Unlike civilian training programs, we employ 100% of our graduates," said Lujan, "thus we have a vested interest in the physicians we produce."

For more information on Naval Medical Center San Diego, visit http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcsd, www.facebook.com/nmcsd or www.twitter.com/NMC_SD.

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