Dr. Blythe Winchester, an EBCI tribal member at the Cherokee Indian Hospital, has passed her Geriatric Medicine Examination. This completes the requirements for getting a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine.
In a joint venture, the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine offer a Certificate of Added Qualifications(CAQ) in Geriatric Medicine. This Certificate is designed to recognize excellence among those providers whose practices emphasize care of the elderly. Geriatric Medicine Examinations are given annually. The certificate comes with certain requirements.
- Family physicians must be certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and must be providers in good standing in order to apply and take the examination; and must maintain their primary certification with the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) to maintain certification their certification.
- The provider must hold a currently valid, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States and be in continuous compliance with the ABFM Guidelines for Professionalism, Licensure, and Personal Conduct.
- Providers must satisfactorily complete an Added Certificate in Geriatric Medicine Examination by an accredited fellowship training program in Geriatric Medicine.
- Providers must achieve a satisfactory score on the one-day computer-based Geriatric Medicine Examination.
Dr. Winchester did her Family Medicine Residency at the Center for Family Medicine-Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, SC. She received a Master of Public Health from University of North Carolina School of Public Health, Health Care and Prevention in Chapel Hill where she was the winner of the 2005-2006 William Blythe Essay Award.
She received her Doctor of Medicine in 2006 from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where she won the Frank Lee Dameron award for commitment to practicing primary care in an underserved area of North Carolina.
Dr. Winchester is the daughter of Butch and Janet Sanders and the granddaughter of Kay Sanders and the late Soldier Sanders. She is married to Justin Winchester.
– Cherokee Indian Hospital