Commitment to Graduate Medical Education

The University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM) is committed to exemplary graduate medical education that facilitates residents’ and fellows’ professional, ethical, and personal development. UWSOM Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs are designed to produce skillful physicians with ingrained habits of life-long learning and well-formed ethical and professional modes of practice. In addition, UWSOM GME programs, through curricula, evaluation, and resident supervision, are dedicated to supporting safe and appropriate patient care.

This commitment is supported by the UWSOM mission statement, which states: “As the pre-eminent academic medical center in our region and as a national leader in biomedical research, we place special emphasis on educating and training physicians, scientists, and allied health professionals dedicated to two distinct missions:

  • Meeting the health care needs of our region, especially by recognizing the importance of primary care and providing service to underserved populations;
  • Advancing knowledge and assuming leadership in the biomedical sciences and in academic medicine.”

The Dean of the School of Medicine has delegated authority and responsibility to the Designated Institutional Official (DIO) and Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC) for the oversight and administration of the UWSOM GME programs and is dedicated to assuring the necessary educational, financial, and human resources to support GME are provided. The DIO and GMEC are also responsible for assuring compliance with ACGME Common, Specialty and Subspecialty-specific Program, and Institutional Requirements. The Dean is in turn accountable to the President of the University of Washington and UW Board of Regents for matters pertaining to GME.

As a part of this commitment, the DIO presents an annual report to the Organized Medical Staffs (OMS) the governing bodies of University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. This report is also given to the OMS and governing body of all major participating sites. This annual report reviews the activities of the GMEC during the past year with particular attention to resident/fellow supervision, resident/fellow responsibilities, resident/fellow evaluation, compliance with duty hour standards, and resident/fellow participation in patient safety and quality of care education.

Effective 11/01/98, Revised 03/18/99, 04/05/05, 09/11/08