Monday, April 22, 2013
New Psychiatry Residency Program Receives Accreditation
Christian Mental Health Services received notification of accreditation for its
new psychiatry residency program on April 17 from the Accreditation Council for
Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The first residency class will begin in
reviewer was extremely impressed with our facilities and the participation of
our faculty at the visit,” says William Sanders, DO, Pine Rest Residency
Program Director. “We believe the strength of our program is the outstanding
clinicians and staff throughout Pine Rest. I am humbled by the amount of
enthusiasm and support I have experienced during the development of the
application to the ACGME was submitted in October 2012. The next step was a
site visit by an ACGME representative which took place in January 2013. The
representative reviewed the application documents and interviewed residency
staff and faculty. From this a report was prepared for the psychiatry residency
review committee of the ACGME. This committee met on April 12, and approved the
initial accreditation for Pine Rest’s residency program.
residency program means better and quicker treatment for our suffering
patients. A psychiatry residency will further elevate our culture of
collegiality, learning and academia,” says Dr. Sanders.
Over the past several months, Pine Rest finalized its lead
staff and recruited its faculty of 17. William Sanders, DO, was named Residency
Program Director; Alan Armstrong, MD, Designated Institutional Official; and
Carol VanderWal, MPH, Director of Graduate Medical Education.
Rest four-year program will have capacity for eight residents per year,
post-graduate year one through post-graduate year four for a total of 32
residents in 2017.
Medical school graduates are required to complete a residency,
additional training in their specialty, before entering practice. The detailed curriculum
for the program has been planned along with rotation blocks created for each
Residency for psychiatrists consists of didactic and
experiential training. Clinical rotations include psychiatric inpatient and
outpatient care, general medicine experience, consultation liaison in acute care
hospitals, and exposure to neurology. The residents will be assigned to a
dedicated adult inpatient teaching unit at Pine Rest. Rotations will also
include the child and adolescent unit, and geriatric unit.
Rest offers a resident the opportunity to work in an inpatient, outpatient, and
residential environment. Working within the complete continuum of behavioral
health services in the same organization is unique.
for residents will begin this summer with student interviews taking place in
fall 2013, so that resident candidates can be selected and decisions made
during the nation-wide “Match Day” in March 2014. The first class will begin
Pine Rest was also designated as a new teaching hospital by
the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. As a result, it can receive
reimbursement for the residency program from Medicare.
Other steps needed to establish this program include:
Creating a residency outpatient clinic on the main campus;
Building a dedicated lounge, kitchen and sleep rooms for the
hopeful that many of these residents will choose to stay in our community,” says
Pine Rest President and CEO Mark Eastburg, PhD. Up to 60% of new physicians
take jobs within 100 miles of their residency program site.
for psychiatry is great both at Pine Rest and in the community,” says Dr.
Eastburg. “Both the public and private sectors struggle to meet the demand for
psychiatric assessments and treatment for individuals that are in need of psychiatric
Pine Rest is
the primary sponsor of the psychiatric residency program, but the program
represents another example of collaboration among health care systems that
again responds to a deeply felt community need. Pine Rest and Saint Mary’s
joined forces more than 15 years ago to create a strong inpatient psychiatric
organizations providing significant support to the program include Michigan
State University College of Human Medicine, the academic and research partner;
and Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners, which will coordinate rotations
for internal medicine and neurology. Many others will participate in this
community collaborative, and share in the benefits realized by the community
through this new residency training program.
has been an institutional provider of mental health services to West Michigan
for 100 years, since its incorporation in 1910. Its history reflects a strong
commitment to health care education, having operated a nursing school and a
psychiatry residency training program under Michigan State University from 1975
continues to provide a highly successful pre-doctoral psychology internship
program and highly rated medical student clerkship rotations and elective
experiences in a variety of health care specialties. Pine Rest will carry on
this tradition with the establishment of a four-year psychiatry residency
About Pine Rest:
Pine Rest is one of the five
largest free-standing behavioral health providers in the U.S., offering a full
continuum of services including inpatient and partial hospitalization,
residential and outpatient services, addiction treatment and recovery,
extensive child and adolescent programs, senior care services, as well as
specialized assessment and treatment clinics. In addition to the main campus in
Grand Rapids, Pine Rest also has 16 outpatient locations throughout Michigan
and two in Iowa.