By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chad A. Bascom, Naval Medical Center San Diego Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (Feb. 23, 2010) – Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD), OB/GYN Lt. (Dr.) Catherine A. Brankin, goes over test results with Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Stacee M. Puscian during a routine check-up. NMCSD’s OB/GYN department recently received a four year reaccreditation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chad A. Bascom/HIPAA Complete)
SAN DIEGO (February 23, 2010) - Naval Medical Center San Diego’s (NMCSD) Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) program, received a four-year reaccreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Jan. 22.
The OB/GYN program received a four out of five year maximum reaccreditation meaning that for the next four years, NMCSD is fully accredited to train and graduate OB/GYN doctors. NMCSD trains approximately five OB/GYN doctors a year producing about 40-50 percent of the Navy’s 10-12 graduates per year according to NMCSD OB/GYN Residency Program Director, Capt. William M. Leininger.
"The accreditation is a review to look at how we are training our residents and to make sure we are meeting ACGME’s standards,” said Leininger. “The main areas they look at are medical knowledge, surgical skills and professional behavior.”
Proper training is critical, particularly for active duty personnel who may deploy or be assigned to an isolated hospital or facility upon graduation and could be the sole OB/GYN. In addition to NMCSD’s staff training, residents are also exposed to various health care systems and techniques at affiliated civilian hospitals in San Diego, providing a broader perspective of treatment care.
NMCSD has nearly 20 doctors, midwives and nurses committed to OB/GYN resident training.
“We’re accredited as an OB/GYN residency in the eyes of residencies throughout the U.S., but there’s also a different component that a military residency has and that part is professionalism,” said Intern Coordinator and Gynecology Division Head, Lt. Cmdr. Alta J. DeRoo. “I want to make sure they can be the best doctors they can be which is very important to me, but also, I want to make sure they can be the best medical officers and the best naval officers they can be.”
The NMCSD OB/GYN program is required to submit a check-up report half way through the accreditation period, but is not scheduled review again until January 2014.
For more information on Obstetrics and Gynecology visit: http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcsd/Patients/Pages/ObstetricsAndGynecology.aspx