Wayne State University loses accreditation for neurosurgery training at Detroit Medical Center

Wayne State, DMC lose accreditation for neurosurgery program

DETROIT – The future of the neurosurgery program between Wayne State University and the Detroit Medical Center seems to be over following the loss of the program’s accreditation.

It seems to be the latest byproduct of the continual deterioration of the partnership between the two.

Both the DMC and the WSU are downplaying the loss of accreditation for the neurosurgery training program between the two.

The DMC acknowledged the center was disappointed to learn the accreditation council for graduate medical education pulled certification -- effective in June -- but it pointed out it was granted institutional accreditation for its general medicine education program.

Sources claim accreditation was withdrawn from eight out of 11-thousand programs nationwide in 2019.

“The neurosurgery residency program at the Detroit Medical Center belongs solely to the DMC,” reads a statement from WSU. “The Wayne State name is listed on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education website because of a prior teaching affiliation agreement. That ended a year ago when WSU neurosurgeons joined Tenet Physician Resources. Since that time, Tenet has been named the chair of the program and been responsible for all teaching.”

DMC disagrees and told Local 4 that WSU is affiliate with the program and is a partner with DMC.

Neither WSU nor DMC have said what led to the loss in accreditation or how it might affect the medical school or residency programs as a whole.

Wayne State doctors will continue to see patients at DMC and the university acknowledged Friday that the two will always have some sort of partnership -- no matter how tattered the relationship seems to be right now.

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