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UB dermatology residency program loses accreditation

The University at Buffalo's dermatology residency program at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has lost its accreditation.

The university announced Wednesday that the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education pulled the program's accreditation effective June 30 following its annual review and site visit of the dermatology residency program at the university's medical school.

The decision will affect eight people, who as of July 1, had committed to train in that residency program. They have all been notified.

The decision does not affect UB's dermatology department’s academic program.

The accrediting council did not disclose the reasons for withdrawing the residency program's accreditation.

UB officials expect further explanation to come in the next 60 days. After that occurs, the university administration plans to evaluate the program's future structure.

Currently, there are 780 medical residents in 65 UB-sponsored residency training programs.

UB’s Office of Graduate Medical Education is working with the eight affected dermatology residents to place them in accredited dermatology residency programs and also provide support and assistance during this transition.

A previous closure of UB’s dermatology program occurred in 2012 after several dermatology faculty members left unexpectedly. In 2013, the dermatology residency program was reconfigured, resubmitted and approved by the accrediting council.

“The decision made by the ACGME does not affect the university’s dermatology education program for its medical students,” Dr. Michael E. Cain, vice president for health sciences and dean of the medical school, said in a written statement announcing the decision. “UB will continue to support dermatologic clinical care, teaching and research through the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences dermatology department.”

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