(Southampton, Pa. â€“ April 2, 2007) Certiphi Screening, Inc. has been selected by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) as the exclusive provider of student screening services to its member schools. Certiphi provides background screening and fingerprint collection, occupational health screening and DOT compliance services solely to healthcare organizations nationwide.
This is the latest step in a multi-year implementation of the AAMCâ€™s August 2005 recommendation that medical schools require criminal background checks on all accepted applicants to enhance patient health and safety, facilitate student access to clinical facilities, ensure studentsâ€™ eligibility for licensure and guarantee school involvement in decisions about the content and process of background checks.
â€œOur selection of Certiphi is based on the companyâ€™s expertise in the area of background screening, and their focus on the healthcare community,â€ said Steve Fitzpatrick, AMCAS program director, AAMC Division of Medical School Services and Studies. â€œWith their assistance, the AAMC will be able to offer an open, well-managed process for both schools and applicants. We look forward to working with Certiphi as we implement this new centralized criminal background service in support of our members' needs."
â€œWeâ€™re very pleased that the AAMC chose us to implement its student screening program, which fulfills a critical need for healthcare providers nationwide,â€ said Certiphi Screening CEO Tony Dâ€™Orazio. â€œClearly, our healthcare focus sets us apart, and we look forward to putting our services, solutions and staff to work for the AAMCâ€™s member institutions.â€
This is the second time Certiphiâ€™s applicant screening services have been endorsed by a major, national healthcare association. In December 2006, AHA Solutions, a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association (AHA), selected Certiphiâ€™s applicant screening services for an exclusive AHA endorsement. AHA Solutions awards the AHA endorsement only to products and services that help hospitals achieve organizational excellence.
Healthcare providers today face a myriad of legal and security pressures to effectively screen applicants ranging from staff members to volunteers to students. Certiphi provides a comprehensive suite of customizable screening solutions to help healthcare providers meet their goal of ever-better patient care.