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  Children’s National Receives ACGME’s Highest Institutional Evaluation
May 16, 2012

Washington, DC—Children’s National recently hosted the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for a successful institutional review, and received the maximum evaluation possible for the institutional accreditation.

“We are pleased to be recognized for the work we’ve done over the last few years to meet the rigorous requirements that support our graduate medical education programs,” said Mary Ottolini, MD, MPH, Vice Chair for Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official. “Children’s National is serious about its commitment to training the next generation of physicians, and over the last several years we have redoubled efforts to make our program among the leading programs in the country.”

Most of Children’s physicians are faculty members at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Children’s National serves as a major teaching affiliate for GW, as well as a major training site for adult medical and surgical graduate medical education programs at other area institutions. The Children’s National medical staff comprises the Department of Pediatrics for GW, with the Chief Academic Officer serving as the Department Chair.

“The education of the next generation of pediatric experts is a priority at Children’s National,” said Mark Batshaw, MD, Executive Vice President, Interim Chief Medical Officer, and Chief Academic Officer. “We attract more than 2,200 applicants for our 40 intern slots each year because students want the opportunity to continue their education here in the nation’s capital where there are synergies among clinical care, research, and advocacy. It’s an exciting time to be in health care – and we are pleased to be recognized by the ACGME once again for our quality program.”

The ACGME is the organization that accredits graduate medical training programs as well as their respective sponsoring institutions. The ACGME is responsible for the accreditation of post-MD medical training programs within the United States. Accreditation is accomplished through a peer review process and is based upon established standards and guidelines.

Children’s National trains more than 100 general pediatric residents and 140 fellows in 29 specialty fellowship programs each year:

Adolescent Medicine
Critical Care Medicine
Emergency Medicine
Infectious Disease
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Rehabilitation Medicine

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Contact Children’s National Public Relations: Paula Darte or Emily Hartman, 202-476-4500


About Children’s National Medical Center
Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Home to Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. With 303 beds, more than 1,330 nurses, 550 physicians, and seven regional outpatient centers, Children’s National is the only exclusive provider of acute pediatric care in the Washington metropolitan area. Children’s National has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet® designated hospital, the highest level of recognition for nursing excellence that a medical center can achieve. For more information, visit, receive the latest news from the Children's National press room, or follow us Facebook and Twitter.