The ACGME requires each accredited residency program to form a Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC). The GMEC establishes and implements policies and procedures regarding the quality of education and the work environment for the residents in all programs.
Voting members on the committee must include the designated institutional official (DIO), residents nominated by their peers, representative program directors and administrators. It may also include other members of the faculty or other members as determined.
The GMEC meets quarterly.
- Paul Hancock, MD – Designated Institutional Official (DIO)
- Behyar Zoghi, MD, PhD - Chairman, GMEC
Medical Staff Office - non-voting members
- Sheryl Maniscalco - Medical Staff Director
- Michelle LeJeune – GME Coordinator
Methodist Healthcare System Graduate Medical Education Committee Responsibilities
The GMEC shall consist of the Designated Institution Official (DIO), a Resident from each program, the Program Directors, and the MHS President/CEO or his/her designee, all shall serve with voting rights. Representatives from other services will be consulted as needed. The Chairperson shall be a physician selected by the Committee subject to ratification by the Medical Board and Community Board. The Chairperson’s appointment shall be for a term of two (2) years, with no term limits.
Duties and Authority
The GMEC is responsible for ensuring that the institution is in compliance with the ACGME requirements and for creating and implementing policies and procedures regarding the quality of education and the work environment for residents to include but not limited to:
- Overseeing stipends, benefits and funding for residents
- Establishing an effective communication system between the GMEC and the program directors as well as with site directors at other training locations
- Developing and executing work hour policies and procedures
- Monitoring work hours
- Supervising residents
- Overseeing patient safety and quality of care
- Communicating with the medical staff
- Determining resident status
- Overseeing curriculum, evaluation and program improvement
- Overseeing program accreditation
- Managing institutional accreditation
- Overseeing internal reviews
- Overseeing program changes
- Managing reductions and closures
- Approving experimentation and innovation
- Overseeing relationships with vendors
In addition the GMEC must approve certain program changes which include but are not limited to:
- All applications for ACGME accreditation of new programs
- Changes in resident numbers
- Major changes in program structure or length of training
- Additions and deletions of participating sites
- Appointments of new program directors
- Progress reports requested by any residency review committee
- Responses to all proposed adverse actions
- Requests for increasing the duty hour limit
- Voluntary withdrawals of program accreditation
- Requests for an appeal of an adverse action
- Appeal presentation to a Board of Appeals of the ACGME
The GMEC shall meet at least quarterly, shall maintain a record of its proceedings and report to the Medical Board and Community Board.