SMHS accrediting body will return in October

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The School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ accrediting body will return to campus and review the school’s progress in October, one year after the body placed the school on a two-year academic probation.

In a letter to GW medical students, faculty and residents, SMHS Dean James Scott said the Liaison Committee on Medical Education will return from Oct. 18 to 20.

The areas needing improvement cited by the LCME included curriculum management, administrative paperwork, and lounge and study space.

At a Board of Trustees meeting on Friday, Scott told the trustees that the medical school’s admissions statistics were stronger than ever and that while the LCME’s accreditation is the “most important,” SMHS had passed dozens of individual specialty evaluations since the LCME’s probation.

“We believe we are prepared now,” Scott told the trustees, adding that the medical school plans to hold two separate mock evaluation visits before the official site visit in October.

The corrective action plan to overturn the two-year probation was submitted to the LCME and approved in February. Scott said the LCME site visit in October will be instrumental for the medical school to demonstrate the action plan is being applied properly.

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