Holy Name achieves full accreditation for its General Surgery residency program

Holy Name in Teaneck recently announced its graduate medical education program has reached a new milestone after achieving full accreditation for the General Surgery program from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

“We’re getting closer to the day we can open our doors to train the next generation of physicians,” said Dr. Omar Bellorin-Marin, program director of the General Surgery residency and medical director of robotic surgery, gastrointestinal metabolic and bariatric surgery at Holy Name. “We look forward to creating a learning environment that’s challenging and supportive to best prepare our future residents.”

ACGME accreditation of a new residency program is based on published accreditation standards and is accomplished through a peer review process. Participation in ACGME accreditation also ensures residents become proficient in six core competencies during their program — patient care and procedural skills, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, systems-based practice, professionalism and interpersonal skills and communication.

Accreditation with ACGME is voluntary. However, programs must be ACGME-accredited in order to receive graduate medical education funds from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Residents must graduate from ACGME-accredited programs to be eligible to take their board certification examinations. In addition, many states require completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program for physician licensure.

“Our GME residency programs are integrated into our core mission to provide our community the superior care they deserve and offer the next generation of health care providers unique training opportunities,” Chief Medical Officer Dr. Vasantha Kondamudi said. “We anticipate learning the accreditation status of our Internal Medicine program this fall, which ultimately brings us closer to welcoming our first residents in the summer of 2025.”