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LCME Welcomes New New Members

The three new LCME provisionally accredited medical schools (Frank M. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University; University of California, Riverside, School of Medicine; and, Western Michigan University School of Medicine) have been admitted as members of the AAMC. This brings the number of AAMC member schools (and LCME accredited schools) to 141. From 1995-2002 there were 125 accredited schools.

The LCME is pleased to welcome its newest professional members: Patricia Butler, Terence Flotte, John Fogarty, Roger Hadley, Janet Lindemann, and LuAnn Wilkerson, and its new student members Shady S. Henien and Laura Ostapenko. For a full listing of members, please visit the LCME Members page.

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UC-Riverside, UC-Merced Turn to New Models for Med Schools

by Lauren McSherry, California Healthline Regional Correspondent

For decades, training for medical students has revolved around a large academic institution and a central university hospital, but that model might give way to different ways of doing things in California, as new medical schools look to trim costs and diversify student experiences.

“There are new models out there,” said John Prescott, chief academic officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges. “Medical schools are incredibly expensive, and it can be a daunting task to make sure you have enough funds to put together a quality medical program.”

The traditional concept of having a large medical school building on campus, along with a teaching hospital where students spend many of their waking hours is being updated, with more focus on training students in a variety of settings, from clinics and physician practices to large hospitals.

Two University of California schools — UC-Merced and UC-Riverside — already are working toward a new vision for medical schools. Both universities have turned to partnerships and new teaching models to circumvent a daunting economic climate. Read the rest of this entry »

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USC School of Medicine-Greenville gets green light to move forward

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville has been awarded preliminary accreditation, getting the green light to recruit students and open its doors in fall 2012.

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the definitive accrediting body for medical schools in the United States, notified USC and Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center (GHS) officials of their decision on the expanded medical education program Tuesday, Oct. 4. Preliminary accreditation is the first step in the accrediting process, which takes about four years.

USC President Harris Pastides said the announcement is a milestone for health care and education in the Palmetto State.

“This plan has been scrutinized at every level, and I am delighted that it has passed scrutiny with the true experts, the LCME,” Pastides said. “Expanding medical education in Greenville is the right thing to do because it will increase the supply of physicians and advance efforts to retain physicians in the Upstate and the state at large.”

Pastides said the fact that GHS officials approached USC about the expansion is recognition of the USC medical school’s strong record of educating physicians who remain in the state and USC and GHS’ longstanding partnership to offer clinical training to medical students in Greenville.

In 1991, the USC School of Medicine expanded its third and fourth years of medical training to GHS. The number of USC students who have completed their training at GHS is 271. Currently, 35 third-year students and 31 fourth-year students are doing their clinical training at GHS.

Founding Dean Jerry Youkey said the expansion will impact how healthcare is delivered in the Upstate.

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Full speed ahead for Fort Worth medical school

By Jim Fuquay / jfuquay@star-telegram.com

The Texas Legislature’s recent failure to approve an M.D. program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth won’t derail the institution’s growth, its president says.

“Everything we produce — as far as doctors, and physician assistants, and physical therapists — this state and the country need a whole lot more of,” said Dr. Scott Ransom, who has headed the center since 2006.

To that end, the center expects to boost its total enrollment from 1,579 in 2010 to 1,775 this fall, rising to nearly 3,000 by 2017. The biggest program is the 728-student Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, founded in 1970 and the genesis of what is now the health science center.

Likely adding to that growth — pending expected approval this month by the UNT board of regents — is a new Ph.D. program in pharmacy, which the Legislature approved this year after a six-year push by the health science center. The school expects to enroll its first class in the program in 2013.

The addition of the pharmacy program, which Ransom said will help boost research funding from pharmaceutical manufacturers, was overshadowed by the center’s inability to gain the M.D. program. That effort dates to late 2008, when Ransom publicly broached the prospect of adding a school of allopathic medicine — the discipline that awards the familiar M.D. designation. (Osteopaths are granted a D.O.) Read the rest of this entry »

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West Penn Allegheny Health System Expands Relationship with Temple University School of Medicine

From http://www.wpahs.org/news/releases/index.cfm?mode=view&article=3302

Four-year undergraduate medical school campus will train and retain doctors in Western Pennsylvania

June 10, 2011

The Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM) and West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) announced today that they are collaborating to establish a new four-year medical school campus on Pittsburgh’s North Side.

The Temple University School of Medicine at West Penn Allegheny Health System will enable WPAHS and TUSM to address the critical shortage of physicians in Western Pennsylvania by educating and retaining highly trained doctors to serve the local community for many years to come.

Based in Philadelphia, TUSM is one of seven schools of medicine in Pennsylvania conferring the doctor of medicine (MD) degree. Temple is ranked among the top 50 medical schools nationwide for research and is nationally renowned for its clinical training, academic excellence and commitment to community service. Read the rest of this entry »

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New preliminarily accredited COM added to New Libraries Group Listserv

Congratulations to Barbara Miller and her colleagues at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University!

Updated New & Emerging Libraries Group Membership

dboilard@FIU.EDU                     David W. Boilard
jbothmer@CREIGHTON.EDU               Jim Bothmer
BridgJa1@MEMORIALHEALTH.COM          Jane Bridges
marie.bronoel@UCR.EDU                Marie Bronoel
bulgarel@OAKLAND.EDU                 Nancy Bulgarelli
daniel.burgard@UNTHSC.EDU            Daniel E. Burgard
cogdillk@UTHSCSA.EDU                 Keith Cogdill
Donna.Davis@WOLTERSKLUWER.COM        Donna Davis
Nadine.Dexter@UCF.EDU                Nadine Dexter
jacquedd@GMAIL.COM                   Jacque Doyle
jddoyle@EMAIL.ARIZONA.EDU            Jacqueline Doyle
jugaines@MCG.EDU                     Julie Gaines
scott.garrison@WMICH.EDU             Scott Garrison
charles.greenberg@YALE.EDU           Charles Greenberg
lamon@EMAIL.ARIZONA.EDU              Lindsey Greene
carol_jenkins@UNC.EDU                Carol Jenkins
Janice.Swiatek-Kelley@QUINNIPIAC.EDU Janice Swiatek Kelley
pking@SCRIPPS.EDU                    Paula King
laico_library@ARAVIND.ORG            Kirubanithi, P
mkronenfeld@ATSU.EDU                 Michael Kronenfeld

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OU medical school, slated to open Aug. 6, priming county to be a leader in bioengineering

Published: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in the Daily Tribune

By JUDITH KIMPAN, Special to the Daily Tribune

Oakland County has the highest concentration of engineering talent in the world and an abundance of vacant office space, priming the county to be a leader in bioengineering.

Dr. Robert Folberg, dean of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, made the statement to a group of more than 50 Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce members Tuesday at the Auburn Hills Marriott.

The medical school, which is a partnership between Oakland University and Beaumont Hospitals, is slated to open Aug. 6.

Julie Kitchen, government and community relations director for Beaumont Hospital, said: “This is the first private medical school we have had in Michigan for years.”

Pete Auger, City Manager of Auburn Hills, said the school is an asset to the community.

“We’re still hoppin’. We’re still growing. We’re exploring a lot of new companies,” Auger said.

Auburn Hills Mayor James McDonald, said: “It’s going to be a boon for our city. Other things are in the planning stage, but it’s here.

“This could lead to mom and pop establishments coming to Auburn Hills,” said McDonald. Read the rest of this entry »

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CMU College of Medicine Update

February 15, 2011
Central Michigan University announced today that it will defer the opening of its College of Medicine for one year, even as meaningful progress continues toward the creation of an innovative and highly successful program.
“We’ll only have one opportunity to open our College of Medicine, and we do not want to move forward faster than we are prepared to do,” said CMU President George E. Ross. “While this is a difficult decision, we strongly believe it is the right decision and will allow us to take maximum advantage of the tremendous opportunity in front of us.”
Ross said Dean Ernest L. Yoder recommended deferring the opening to provide sufficient time to fully prepare for the stringent accrediting process of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in U.S. and Canadian medical schools. Accreditation standards require CMU to address five specific areas in the development phase — governance and administration, curriculum, medical students, faculty, and resources.
“Our goal remains to create an outstanding program to help fill the imminent need for physicians and medical education opportunities for qualified students, with an emphasis on training primary care physicians dedicated to serving the needs of communities in mid- and northern Michigan,” said Ross.
“We have a plan in place for moving forward toward the opening of the College of Medicine and will restructure our planning around submitting application data to LCME with the goal of being able to recruit the inaugural class to start in the summer of 2013.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Institutions with Developing Medical Education Programs that have Applied for Preliminary Accreditation by the LCME (Updated February 2, 2011)


Institutions with Developing Medical Education Programs
that have Applied for Preliminary Accreditation by the LCME
(Updated February 2, 2011)

A developing medical school in the United States or Canada must complete five steps to become fully accredited by the LCME, as described below. Each step has its own requirements, and a school may not recruit applicants or accept student applications before reaching Step 3. The following tables include a description of each pre-accreditation and accreditation category and a listing of medical schools currently within each category. A developing medical education program in Canada follows the same process with both the LCME and the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS).

Refer to the LCME’s Guidelines for New and Developing Medical Schools for a description of the minimum requirements that must be met in order for the LCME and/or CACMS to consider granting provisional accreditation of a new program leading to the M.D. degree. Refer to the LCME’s Rules of Procedure for more detailed information about Preliminary Accreditation, Provisional Accreditation, and Full Accreditation.

The LCME and CACMS hold confidential all information collected during the pre-accreditation and accreditation processes. For more information on developing medical schools, please contact the schools directly.  For complete list go here: LCME List of Med Schools 20110107.  See subsequent note about CMU here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ground broken for Camden medical school

By James Osborne, Inquirer Staff Writer

The new Cooper Medical School in Camden will be both an economic boost to the city and a step toward improving the state’s health care, Gov. Christie said at a ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the facility’s official ground-breaking.

“This is another extraordinary step forward for the revitalization” of Camden, Christie said. “It will mean drawing more people and more businesses and a greater sense of hope to this city.”

Construction of the four-year institution, to be a part of Rowan University and affiliated with Cooper University Hospital, began earlier this month. The project is estimated to cost $130 million.

Approved by Gov. Jon S. Corzine last year, the school is intended to help address a shortage of doctors in the region. Medical school slots should expand by 30 percent nationwide to address the country’s increasing health needs, the Association of American Medical Colleges has said.

“New Jersey has a very healthy supply of physicians compared to other parts of the country,” said Joel Cantor, director of the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy. The state ranks ninth in the country in physicians per capita, according to the American Medical Association. Read the rest of this entry »

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