SAEM's Statement on ACGME's Decision to Uphold Its Ruling for Summa EM Residency Program

April 5, 2017

The Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has upheld its decision to remove accreditation from Akron, Ohio-based Summa Health’s emergency medicine residency program and put Summa Health, as the sponsoring institution, on probation.  

The decision by ACGME means that the residents in Summa's emergency medicine residency at Akron (Ohio) City Hospital must now transfer to different programs by July 1. The system is also still temporarily prohibited from starting any new residency programs or expanding existing ones.

In response to these developments, the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, along with the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine, has developed and provided a list of potential residency programs for residents and has pledged support to residents making a transition.

Summa Health has indicated to SAEM its desire to regroup and rebuild its emergency medicine residency program—a process expected to take up to two years to accomplish. To assist in this process, SAEM has entered into a mentoring program with key academic emergency medicine faculty at Summa to provide best practice advice and resources for developing a healthy emergency medicine residency program.

“SAEM is dedicated to the mission of improving the emergency care of patients through academics,” said Andra Blomkalns, MD, SAEM’s 2016-2017 president, adding, “and we are committed to being there for those programs that are thriving in this area, as well as for those that need our support.”