Internal Medicine Residency Program at OVMC Receives National Certification

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Ohio Valley Medical Center recently received notification of its recertification through the American College of Osteopathic Physicians following an intense accreditation process and on-site survey. The program received no deficiencies.

"This continues Ohio Valley Medical Center's tradition of training physicians who serve the needs of the residents of the Ohio Valley as well as the entire state of West Virginia," said Rick Greco, D.O., F.A.C.O.I., director of medical education at OVMC. "Our program brings in the best and brightest students and teaches them the keys to providing the best possible care to our patients at OVMC."

The internal medicine program is under the direction of Dr. Rick Greco, who was instrumental in assuring the program met and exceeded requirements necessary for certification. Greco has headed OVMC's medical education program since 1997. From the time the internal medicine residency program began in 2000, 19 residents have completed the program while six of those residents now practice locally around the Ohio Valley.

"Accreditations such as this are important to our organization because they exemplify our commitment to offering the best hands-on educational experiences," said Kent LaForme, director of medical education services.  "Our residents work hard every day to provide outstanding care to our patients."
    
The Internal Medicine Residency program's current certification will be valid through 2014. The five-year accreditation is the longest accreditation period certified by the AOA.