ACGME revokes USC cardiovascular fellowship accreditation

Residency Program Insider, May 15, 2019

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The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has officially informed the University of Southern California that its cardiovascular fellowship program, which is run jointly with L.A. County, will lose its accreditation next year. In an unusual move, the ACGME also placed USC and the L.A. County-USC Medical Center on immediate probation for failing to “demonstrate substantial compliance” with unspecified requirements.

While the reason for the ACGME’s actions has not been publicly released, Laura Mosqueda, MD, dean of USC’s medical school, stated that the actions resulted from concerns regarding “resident safety and wellness processes.” Additionally, the revocation comes just a year after Dr. Meena Zareh filed a lawsuit against the school and county, alleging that although she reported being assaulted by a fellow while she was a resident, her allegations were never appropriately investigated. After the lawsuit became public, two other female colleagues also alleged that the accused physician had also assaulted them.

The ACGME has stated that the decision to revoke USC’s accreditation cannot be appealed. Together, USC and L.A. County run more than 60 residency and fellowship programs. USC hopes to launch a new cardiovascular fellowship before the current one must close when its accreditation expires.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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