Via Christi's Family Medicine Residency Program receives 5-year accreditation
The American Council for Graduate Medical Education has awarded the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita's Family Medicine Residency Program at Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita a five-year accreditation - the maximum period that can be bestowed.
"Receiving a five-year accreditation is a tremendous testament to the quality of our program," said Mark Stovak, MD, who for the past year and a half has served as the program's director.
"It represents months of work by our Family Medicine Residency faculty and staff as well as the consistent performance of our program over the past three years," he said.
Rick Kellerman, MD, who chairs the department of Community and Family Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita, agreed.
"Receiving the maximum number of years of accreditation speaks volumes about the program's high educational standards and the hard work of the residents and faculty," Kellerman said. "Special recognition goes to Dr. Stovak and Dr. Sheryl Beard for their leadership as well as the support of Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita."
With slots for 18 residents a year, Via Christi has for years had one of the nation's largest family medicine residency programs, in part because of the extensive procedural and obstetrical experience the program offers, Stovak said.
Four of the slots are reserved for residents wanting to receive board certifi cation from the American Osteopathic Association and American Board of Family Medicine.
"We have the only dually accredited program in Kansas," said Marshall Walker, DO, director of Medical Education for the American Osteopathic Association program at Via Christi. "When graduates of osteopathic medical schools hear that, their ears really perk up."
KUSM-W and Via Christi also provide other expanded learning opportunities, such as fellowships in Sports Medicine, which last year received a five-year accreditation, and International Family Medicine.
"As a result, our program continues to play a critical role in helping meet the need for physicians throughout Kansas," said Randy Peterson, senior vice president for Via Christi Health Hospitals, noting that each year four or five program graduates elect to practice in rural Kansas and another four to five
choose to practice in the Wichita metro area. "Please join me in congratulating Dr. Stovak, Dr. Beard and our entire Family Medicine Residency team on this outstanding accomplishment."