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5/15/2018 12:00:00 AM PACIFIC
Updated: 5/30/2018 2:22:17 PM PACIFIC
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Internal Medicine Residency Program achieves Initial Accreditation
Kennewick, Wash. – Trios Health has received notification that its Internal Medicine Residency Program has achieved initial accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). 

“We are pleased to have completed another significant step in our program accreditations,” said Heather Phipps, designated institutional officer for Trios Health’s Graduate Medical Education Programs and board certified surgeon with Benton Franklin Orthopedic Associates in Kennewick. “Initial accreditation provides clear verification that our faculty and program leaders are doing a fantastic job.” 

Under ACGME, all residency programs require an institutional sponsor in order to become accredited. Trios Health was confirmed as its own institutional sponsor in late 2016, which is allowed under ACGME. The health system then continued the application process for ACGME accreditation for its Family Medicine and Internal Medicine Residency Programs. The application process is underway for the Family Medicine Residency Program.

Trios Health’s residency programs will graduate its third class of residents in June with three having signed on to join Trios Medical Group and others successfully securing employment or fellowships.

“The process is lengthy, but it is imperative for several reason,” Phipps said. “Pre-accreditation, which we received early on, allows our graduating residents to seek an ACGME fellowship. Then, initial accreditation, which we now have for the Internal Medicine Program, means our application has been accepted and deemed as being in substantial compliance with the ACGME regulations for accreditation, by a site visitor. This is a validation of program quality.” 

She added, programs with initial accreditation will undergo a full site visit within two years of the effective date of the initial accreditation status. If a program demonstrates substantial compliance at that time, a status of continued accreditation will be conferred. Continued accreditation lasts for 10 years. If the ACGME determine a program is not in substantial compliance at any time then it may receive a warning or be placed on probationary status.