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Metro Health Receives Award for Residency Program of the Year

Two medical residency programs at Metro Health Hospital have received national recognition for the "Clinical Assessment Program Residency Program of the Year Award" from the American Osteopathic Foundation.

The two programs, which provide postdoctoral training for more than 20 family medicine and internal medicine physicians each year, received the Merck/Schering-Plough CAP Excellence Award from AOF. The award was established to recognize demonstrated excellence for teaching quality improvement in patient care in the areas of diabetes.

Metro Health was evaluated on the use of clinical assessment programs, or CAP, to teach quality improvement, implementation of interventions designed to improve the patient care process, demonstrated improvements in overall outcomes and related areas. This model utilized a multidisciplinary team and the patient medical home model of care.

The ambulatory component of Metro Health’s residency programs in family and internal medicine are housed in its Breton neighborhood outpatient center, a teaching clinic that treats the underserved and refugee populations in the Grand Rapids area. Last year, Metro Health showed improvement on more than 70 percent of the various process indicators tracked by CAP. Mary Craymer coordinated this effort with the residents and residency program directors, Dr. Theresa Baranowski and Dr. J’Aimee Lippert.

"We are very delighted to have our residency programs recognized by the American Osteopathic Foundation," said Dr. Susan Sevensma, director of medical education for Metro Health. "The outcomes measured show an impressive improvement on a year-over-year basis to deliver results that exceed the national average.

"This award showcases the accomplishments and excellent training of the future osteopathic physicians at Metro Health while promoting quality care for our patients."

About the American Osteopathic Foundation
The mission of the American Osteopathic Foundation is to ensure the ideals of osteopathic medicine by initiating and supporting programs that enhance the profession, advance the quality of peoples health, and recognize excellence in the areas of education and research. For more information, visit


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