WVU School of Medicine Receives Eight-Year Reaccreditation

The West Virginia University School of Medicine’s M.D. degree received a full, unconditional, eight-year reaccreditation by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME).   

The LCME is sponsored by the American Medical Association.  The committee evaluates schools for accreditation every eight years to ensure that students receive appropriate education and skills to advance to the next phase of physician training. 

“Reaccreditation confirms what we already know: that our students are well prepared when they graduate from our program and that our institution provides an exceptional education,” said John E. Prescott, M.D, dean of the West Virginia University School of Medicine (WVU SoM). 

According to James Shumway, Ph.D., associate dean for medical education, WVU SoM, preparing for the accreditation committee requires a unified effort across the Health Sciences Center. 

“It’s a huge undertaking,” Shumway said.  “We have more than 100 people involved in various task forces, institutional self-studies and data collection.”   Participants include faculty, staff, students and administration. 

During the three-day site visit to Health Sciences in February 2007, the LCME survey team identified numerous strengths of the medical school.  A dynamic strategic plan, strong academic leadership, the rural rotation requirement for medical students, and a profound commitment to community service were among the many institutional strengths noted in their report.

“The survey team also noted how accessible the students felt the faculty members are,” Shumway said.  “Students feel that the faculty are really interested in their concerns and take time to listen.”

The LCME committee commented on the strength of WVU’s unique “Dean On Call” program.  The program provides 24-hour, continual and immediate support for students confronting emergency situations or personal crises.

Shumway, who serves on an LCME panel which evaluates other institutions, notes that the LCME’s standards for accreditation are constantly evolving and that WVU is on-task and prepared for the challenge.  In fact, since the creation of the accreditation board, WVU has remained consistently accredited.

“We couldn’t have done this without the support of everyone involved,” Shumway said.  “Thanks for a job well done by the participants.  Students will reap the benefits of accreditation for years to come.”

For more information on the WVU School of Medicine, visit www.hsc.wvu.edu/som/.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
cw: 08-06-07

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