Residents thrive when they have access to medical libraries

Accrediting bodies for residency programs require institutions to provide access to information resources and services.

For example, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) states that internal medicine, OBGYN, and pediatric residents must have appropriate reference material and medical literature databases. The ACGME requires physical, human, and educational resources for education in family medicine, and for radiology residents, a medical library with textbooks and journals in radiology. The Commission on Dental Accreditation states that library resources with dental information should be available for general practice dental residents.  Finally, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists requires pharmacy residents to have references and relevant information databases.

Rochester Regional Health provides residency training programs in internal medicine, dentistry, diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, obstetrics and gynecology, family medicine, neurological physical therapy, pediatrics, pharmacy, podiatry and surgery.

Werner Medical Library is proud to support these residency standards.  In addition to a robust collection of journals, textbooks and databases, each residency program is assigned their own librarian to help residents find and  evaluate appropriate evidence-based information for patient care.


ASHP accreditation standard for postgraduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residency programs. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. 2014.

ACGME common program requirements. Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. 2016.

American Dental Association. Commission on Dental Accreditation. Accreditation standards for dental education programs. 2015.

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