WILMINGTON, NC – New Hanover Regional Medical Center is one of six institutions, out of 700 eligible, to be nominated for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and Gold Foundation DeWitt (Bud) C. Baldwin, Jr. Award. The Baldwin Award recognizes institutions with accredited physician residency or fellowship programs that excel in fostering a respectful, supportive environment for medical education, delivery of patient care, and personal and professional development. DeWitt (Bud) C. Baldwin, Jr. is a physician who has devoted his professional career to advocating a humanistic approach to medical training and treatment.
NHRMC underwent an onsite review in December, when ACGME officials met with residents, faculty and staff to learn how the hospital successfully implements, measures and maintains a supportive, healthy learning environment. In addition to the site visit, nominated institutions must also maintain a positive accreditation status and show substantial compliance in all ACGME regulations and focus areas.
“NHRMC creates a learning environment true to the organization’s values of respect, integrity, compassion, and dignity,” said Joseph Pino, MD, MHA, vice president of graduate medical education at NHRMC and designated institutional officer for NHRMC to the ACGME. “These humanistic values are reflected amongst our staff, faculty and residents leading to remarkable, patient-centered care.”
With more than 70 residents, NHRMC serves as the primary teaching site for four graduate medical education programs in internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery and family medicine. The residency programs are affiliated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and administered by the South Eastern Area Health Education Center. Many of the residents who graduate from NHRMC’s residency programs continue to practice in North Carolina.
The winner of the ACGME and Gold Foundation DeWitt (Bud) C. Baldwin, Jr. Award will be announced at the ACGME Annual Educational Conference in February.
About the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
The ACGME is a private, non-profit, professional organization responsible for the accreditation of about 9,600 residency and fellowship programs and 700 institutions that sponsor these programs in the United States. Residency and fellowship programs educate more than 120,000 resident physicians in 130 specialties and subspecialties. The ACGME’s mission is to improve health care and population health by assessing and advancing the quality of resident physicians’ education through accreditation. Learn more about the ACGME at www.acgme.org.
About the Arnold P. Gold Foundation
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation works with healthcare professionals in training and in practice to instill a culture of respect, dignity and compassion for patients and professionals. The foundation is a public, non-profit organization, established in 1988 by Arnold Gold, MD, Sandra Gold, EdD, and their colleagues at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York. Learn more at http://humanism-in-medicine.org/.