Release Date: April 11, 2017
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Following its annual review and subsequent site visit of the dermatology residency program at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has withdrawn the residency program’s accreditation, effective June 30.
This decision does not affect the UB dermatology department’s academic program.
At this time, the ACGME has not disclosed details regarding reasons for the residency program’s accreditation withdrawal.
UB officials expect ACGME to provide further information within the next 60 days, at which time university administration will be able to fully evaluate the program’s future structure.
There are currently 780 medical residents in 65 residency training programs sponsored by UB. As of July 1, there will be eight individuals who were committed to train in UB’s dermatology residency program, all of whom have been notified. UB’s Office of Graduate Medical Education is working with these residents to place them in accredited dermatology residency programs in the U.S. and is also providing support and assistance during this transition.
A previous closure of UB’s dermatology program occurred in 2012 after several dermatology faculty members unexpectedly departed. In 2013 the dermatology residency program was reconfigured, resubmitted and approved by the ACGME.
“The decision made by the ACGME does not affect the university’s dermatology education program for its medical students,” said Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “UB will continue to support dermatologic clinical care, teaching and research through the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences dermatology department.”
Since 1942, The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB has been fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).