January 5, 2020 – UF Health’s Leon Haley, M.D., and Josepha Cheong, M.D., were both recently appointed to the board of directors for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, or ACGME, a national organization that accredits sponsoring graduate medical education institutions and residency and fellowship programs, confers recognition on program formats and dedicates resources to initiatives that are vital to graduate medical education.
Haley, who serves as vice president for health affairs, University of Florida; CEO of UF Health Jacksonville and dean of the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville; and Josepha Cheong, M.D., a professor in the UF Department of Psychiatry, will join 40 other board members from across the nation in lending their input to advance the ACGME’s mission of improving graduate medical education for all.
Haley said that he is passionate about this opportunity to help shape the future of resident education at a time when it’s needed most.
“Graduate medical education is at a critical juncture between developing health care delivery of the future, incorporating technology and patient satisfaction, while at the same time recognizing the impact of health disparities and equity,” Haley said. “I want residents committed to high-quality clinical training. I want them to be engaged in how they think about advancing health care excellence. I want them thinking about health disparities and health equity. And I want them to take care of a patient as if the patient is their favorite family member.”
Cheong said being appointed to this ACGME board of directors is an opportunity to fulfill her careerlong mission: help future physicians learn the tenets of quality patient care.
“It’s a chance to accomplish what many of us who enter into medicine intended: providing the very best care to those who need it most. It’s being a steward for the field of medicine by identifying what it means to be a physician who provides compassionate, excellent and safe care,” Cheong said. “There’s something really exciting about that.”