College of Medicine earns accreditation for surgical residency at Saginaw facility

The CMED building sits on the campus of Covenant Healthcare, in Saginaw, MI.

The College of Medicine's Saginaw facility has been formally accredited for surgical residency. 

Surgical residents will be welcomed into CMED's Saginaw location starting in July, according to a University Communications press release issued Feb. 2.

CMED Dean George Kikano said that this accreditation has been a priority of his since starting in his position in 2015.

The current residency facility serves medical residents of the family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry and podiatry programs. With this addition, there will now be 114 medical residents in seven programs with its Saginaw-area partners.

The accreditation was approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The act was supported and encouraged by CMU Medical Education Partners — a collaboration between St. Mary's of Michigan, Covenant HealthCare and CMU. 

"The accreditation for our surgical residency is a result of the combined commitment of our faculty and overwhelming support of St. Mary's of Michigan, Covenant HealthCare and our physician partners," John Blebea, chair of surgical disciplines, said in the release.

This year, the Saginaw facility has received more than 7,000 applications from prospective medical students for the 36 first-year residency positions available. 

In the release, Executive Director of CMU Medical Education Partners Samuel Shaheen said a surgical residency was an "essential asset" for CMED. 

"Providing opportunities for residents to learn and practice in Saginaw, it adds mentors for medical students, augments patient care and provides resources to area hospitals," Shaheen said.


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