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Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program Receives Maximum Accreditation

Dr. Dayton Daberkow
Dr. Dayton Daberkow

Houma The Internal Medicine Residency Program of Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center (LJCMC) in Houma, La., received five-year accreditation status from the Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Five-year accreditation status is the maximum length of accreditation that a program can receive.

Obtaining accreditation is voluntary, but highly valued. Residency programs must be ACGME-accredited to receive graduate medical education funds from the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Residents must graduate from ACGME-accredited programs to be eligible to take board certification examinations. Many states also require physicians to complete an ACGME-accredited residency program for physician licensure.

A residency program educates physicians in a chosen specialty after they graduate from medical school. While in the program, residents care for patients under the supervision of physician faculty and participate in educational and research activities.

Begun in 2008 with full ACGME accreditation, the stellar three-year LJCMC Internal Medicine Residency Program has 24 residents. It accepts eight annually and already has over 1,000 applicants for its 2012 class, beginning in July. In November 2011, the first graduating class achieved a 100 percent pass rate on its internal-medicine board examinations. To recruit the best candidates, the program participates in the National Residency Matching Program.

"Our growth in such a short time is a testament to the excellent training our residents receive and to the quality healthcare they provide under the supervision of our faculty," said Rhonda Green, LJCMC CEO. "The accreditation indicates that our program has remained first rate while it has grown to maturity."

The program has a twofold purpose: to train internal medicine residents under the direct supervision of full-time faculty and to provide quality medical care to the people of South Louisiana.

Each resident has patients in LJCMC outpatient clinics, adhering to the LSU medical home model of healthcare. Residents fulfill rotations in all of the subspecialty fields of medicine and subspecialties outside of internal medicine and receive experience in subspecialty clinics.

Dr. Dayton Daberkow is the Program Director and Dr. Shaminder Gupta, the Associate Program Director. Dr. Thomas Ferguson is the Chairman of the LJCMC Department of Medicine.

LJCMC has a long history of training physicians. For more than 30 years, it has trained residents from LSU and the Ochsner Clinic Foundation.

Established in 1981, the ACGME is a private, nonprofit organization that accredits programs in 133 specialties and subspecialties educating 113,000 residents in about 8,900 residency programs. Its mission is to improve healthcare by assessing and advancing the quality of resident physicians' education through exemplary accreditation.