Residency Program Closure and Reduction or Closure of Institution

It is a goal of Emory University School of Medicine to avoid the reduction in the size of or the closure of ACGME accredited programs that are not on warning or probation.  However, on occasion, business, training, or related circumstances require closures and/or reductions in the size of a particular program that is in good standing with the ACGME.  If one or more programs must be reduced in size or closed, or if the institution must close, the DIO will notify the ACGME, and this policy will apply. 

 The School of Medicine, in conjunction with Department Chairs, Program Directors and participating institutions, will make appropriate efforts to avoid the reduction in size of ACGME accredited programs. In the event a decision is made that a training program must decrease its size, the appropriate Department Chair and Program Director will inform the DIO, the GMEC, and trainees as soon as appropriate.  Plans to reduce the complement of residents in the program will be made, where reasonable, by first reducing the number of positions available to incoming residents.  If the reduction needs to include residents currently in the training program at advanced training levels, the GME Office will aid affected residents by attempting to help them indentify training position opportunities in other ACGME accredited programs.  Additionally, the Program Director will inform applicants to the program of the reduced number of positions that will be available in the upcoming year.

 In addition, the School of Medicine, in conjunction Department Chairs, Program Directors and with participating institutions, will make appropriate efforts to avoid closure of ACGME accredited programs.  If a decision is made that a program must close, the appropriate Program Director and Chair must notify the GMEC, the DIO, and the residents as soon as appropriate.  The School of Medicine prefers structuring a closure, when reasonable, that allows enrolled residents to finish the program.  In the event a program must be closed for any reason and the enrolled residents cannot complete the program before closure, the DIO, Department Chair and Program Director will work closely with the residents by attempting to help them identify training position opportunities in other ACGME accredited programs.