On May 2, 2023, the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) issued a probationary accreditation status to Campbell University as a Sponsoring Institution. The ACGME’s decision has been publicly visible on its website since May 2, 2023, and the causation for this action has been made available since June 13, 2023.
It is paramount that the ACGME-accredited programs at affiliate sites, sponsored by Campbell University, continue to operate without interruption. This commitment includes ensuring uninterrupted education for current participants, graduation of residents, and recruitment of new participants for the upcoming class year. The impact of the ACGME’s adverse action is limited to submitting new program applications only.
We promptly notified all GME leadership at our affiliate institutions in response to the ACGME’s notification of the adverse action. Additionally, we have informed all voting and non-voting members of the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC). We have also communicated with program leadership and current residents, ensuring they know the situation. Finally, we have included disclosure and provided an opportunity for questions and answers in all incoming orientation presentations.
Despite the fact that Campbell GME programs have had no citations since their launch in 2017, it is essential to acknowledge the occurrence of this adverse action. Moreover, as an ACGME sponsor, Campbell University has forged successful partnerships with community and rural hospital systems in North Carolina. Through these collaborations, we have been instrumental in creating over 400 of the 900 new resident positions in the state since 2015. Additionally, our efforts have resulted in the retention of 99 physician providers in 32 North Carolina counties since 2018, specifically focusing on serving rural and underserved communities.
We remain committed to the highest standards of graduate medical education and the voluntary accreditation process through ACGME. While we respectfully disagree with the ACGME’s decision, we will continue our voluntary cooperation with the ACGME to work diligently to address the concerns identified by the ACGME. We aim to resolve this matter promptly and ensure the continued delivery of exceptional education and training to our residents.