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Emergency Medicine Residency Program Earns Initial Accreditation

June 19, 2019

Freeman Program First and Only in Area to Receive Status

The Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Freeman Health System has been granted initial accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Freeman is the first and only emergency medicine residency program in the area to receive this status.

“It was no easy task to accomplish this accreditation, and it’s proof that our program has met the highest standard,” said Paula F. Baker, Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer. “We were evaluated on everything – the administration, faculty, available resources and the safety of our patients and residents – to ensure quality care and learning.”

The ACGME initial accreditation allows osteopathic and allopathic medical school graduates to train in the emergency medicine residency program at Freeman, significantly increasing the pool of potential students.

The Emergency Medicine Residency Program enables medical school graduates to complete the final phase of their medical education. A maximum of 18 residents are recruited through a national process that matches medical school graduates with residency programs around the nation.

As residents advance, they gain increasing independence and autonomy, culminating in the opportunity to take their medical board exams and become fully licensed, practicing physicians. Some will go directly into emergency medicine practice while others will go into fellowships for specialties.

As a teaching hospital, Freeman provides medical students and resident doctors the opportunity to study with some of the most knowledgeable and dedicated physicians in the country. Freeman sponsors graduate medical education training in four residency programs: Emergency Medicine; Ear, Nose, and Throat (Otolaryngology/Facial Plastic Surgery); Internal Medicine; and Psychiatry.

About Freeman Health System
Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center – the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services – as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. In 2019, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. With more than 300 physicians on staff representing more than 70 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services and women’s services. Additionally, Freeman is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in a 70-mile radius. For more information, visit