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Conemaugh Memorial Surgery Residency Program Receives Prestigious Five-Year Accreditation
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Posted: 2012-11-20

The Graduate Medical Education Surgery Residency Program at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center has received a five-year accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

To achieve this accreditation, a program must demonstrate a commitment to excellence, education and research. This requires the dedication of the surgical residents and faculty in a significant institution which offers administrative commitment to teaching. A five-year accreditation for a General Surgery Residency program is similar to the prestige associated with a hospital obtaining a top 100 award.

“It is very unusual for a community-based surgical residency program to receive anything more than a three-year accreditation,” says Dr. Russell Dumire, Conemaugh Physician Group General / Trauma Surgeon and Surgery Residency Program Director. “The achievement of a five-year accreditation reflects great credit upon Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, the Graduate Medical Education committee, administration in surgical leadership, surgical residency coordinator and surgical residents who have worked so hard to achieve and maintain a standard worthy of such recognition.”

Conemaugh Memorial is also one of only 54 level-one accreditation educational institutes worldwide recognized by the American College of Surgeons. First-time pass rate of Conemaugh Surgery Residents on the American Board of Surgery exam is exceptionally high compared to the national average, resulting in increased fellowship placement for graduates. To learn more about Graduate Medical Education programs at Conemaugh Memorial, visit www.conemaugh.org


About Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center (MMC), the flagship hospital of the Conemaugh Health System, is a regional referral hospital known for clinical excellence. Memorial has received HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence award for 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008 and 2007, for clinical outcomes which are among the Top 5% in the nation. Learn more at the Conemaugh Health System’s all new website,

About the Conemaugh Health System
Serving over a half-million patients each year through the Conemaugh Physician Group and Medical Staff, a network of hospitals, specialty clinics and patient focused programs; Conemaugh Health System (CHS) is the largest healthcare provider in West Central Pennsylvania with 4,500+ employees and 350 physicians. Conemaugh Health System (CHS) has been named an IMS Top 100 Integrated HealthCare Network for 2012.

For More Information, Please Contact:
Amy Bradley, Director of Public Affairs
Phone: (814) 534-3121
Email: abradle@conemaugh.org