Agency Upgrades D-H Accreditation

Lebanon — An accreditation agency that monitors the quality of hospital residency programs for training doctors just out of medical school has upgraded the status of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, which sponsors 47 such programs, and of the hospital’s training program in surgery. The actions by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education upgraded the ratings of the hospital and its third largest residency program just...

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Effort to Ease Shortage Of Physicians Faces Long Delays, Criticism

Jefferson City, Mo. — A new Missouri law offered a first-of-its-kind solution to the physician shortage plaguing thousands of U.S. communities: Medical school graduates could start treating patients immediately, without wading through years of traditional residency programs. Following Missouri’s lead, similar measures were enacted in Arkansas and Kansas and considered in Oklahoma. The idea appeared to be a new model for delivering...

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Accrediting Agency Warns Hitchcock

Lebanon — An independent accreditation organization for medical education has issued warnings to Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital and its surgery-training program for new doctors after receiving a complaint from a resident who was dismissed from that program. That development punctuated a five-year-old controversy that put a temporary roadblock in the career path of an aspiring doctor and raised questions about the policies and...

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