July 7, 2009The Wayne State University School of Medicine has earned full accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs in the United States and Canada.
“Many people worked extremely hard on the effort to secure this distinction,” said Valerie Parisi, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., acting as dean for the school. “The LCME survey team also saw our commitment and investment in the future of medical education when the members toured the new Mazurek Education Commons, and we have so many of our alumni and employees to thank for bringing that facility to fruition.”
Thomas Roe, M.D., associate dean for Undergraduate Medical Education at the School of Medicine, said the school administration has been notified that its next LCME survey will take place during the 2014-2015 academic year. The school has received accreditation for the full LCME accrediting cycle.
“The fact that the Wayne State University School of Medicine has received full reaccreditation speaks to the excellence of the medical education provided to our students and acknowledges the ongoing efforts of the school’s faculty, staff and administration to maintain the outstanding programs of instruction leading to the graduation of well-trained compassionate physicians who will serve the people of Michigan and the country,” Dr. Roe said. “This is an important achievement that our students, faculty, staff and alumni can be very proud of.”
The success of the reaccreditation process was the result of several years of determined effort on the part of numerous committees and individuals under the leadership of Executive Vice Dean Robert R. Frank, M.D., to document the quality of the school’s educational program and its compliance with all of the accreditation standards of the LCME.
LCME accreditation is required for medical schools to receive federal grants for education and to participate in federal loan programs. Most state licensing boards require that medical schools hold LCME accreditation as a condition for licensure of graduates. To be eligible to take the United States Medical Licensing Exam, the school students attend must have LCME accreditation. Graduates of LCME-accredited schools are eligible for residency programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. According to the LCME, accreditation “assures that medical education takes place in a sufficiently rich environment to foster broad academic purposes.”