Center for Reproductive Medicine Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists

December 17, 2008

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Center for Reproductive Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine has been awarded accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

The accreditation was awarded based on the results of a recent on-site inspection performed by the CAP that examines the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the previous two years. Staff qualifications, laboratory equipment, facilities, safety program and record and overall management of the laboratory are also part of the examination.

“We are pleased to have this accreditation,” said Tamer Yalcinkaya, M.D., section head of the reproductive endocrinology program in Obstetrics and Gynecology. “It demonstrates to physicians and their patients that our goal is to achieve the highest level of excellence that can significantly improve their outcome for helping them to grow their families.”

Wake Forest Baptist is one of more than 6,000 CAP accredited laboratories nationwide. The accreditation program that began in the 1960s is now recognized as being equal or more rigorous than the government’s own inspection program.

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center ( is an academic health system comprised of Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university’s School of Medicine, Wake Forest University Physicians and North Carolina Baptist Hospital. The School of Medicine ranks 35th in primary care and 42nd in research among the nation's 145 medical and osteopathic schools in “America’s Best Graduate Schools” from U.S. News & World Report. Wake Forest’s physician assistant program is ranked 23rd, and its joint program with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to train nurse anesthetists is tied for 11th place. The volume Best Doctors in America includes 181 of the Wake Forest medical school faculty, and Wake Forest Baptist is ranked 32nd in the nation by America’s Top Doctors for the number of physicians in that listing. The Medical Center has been ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report since 1993. 

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