LCME grants provisional accreditation to FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

Published on March 15, 2013 at 3:10 AM · No Comments

FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Receives Provisional Accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education - LCME is the Nationally Recognized Accrediting Authority for Medical Education Programs Leading to the Doctor of Medicine Degree in the United States and Canada.

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) has granted provisional accreditation to the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. The LCME is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) in the United States and Canada. LCME accreditation provides assurance that programs awarding the M.D. degree meet the national standards for educational quality.

"The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine has accomplished an important milestone in receiving provisional accreditation and I couldn't be more proud," said FAU President Mary Jane Saunders. "The College's early success and accomplishments are truly indicative of the caliber of its faculty, staff and students."

All medical schools must complete five steps to become fully accredited by the LCME. FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine has achieved four of those steps. A site visit will take place in October 2014 and a final decision on full accreditation will be made when the LCME meets in February 2015.

"Achieving provisional accreditation is an important step in our development and growth," said Dr. David J. Bjorkman, M.D., M.S.P.H., dean of FAU's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. "It is also a testament to our faculty, staff and our clinical and community partners who have been instrumental in laying the foundation to build our successful new medical school."

In 2010, the Florida Board of Governors authorized the creation of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. The College received preliminary accreditation in February 2011, and admitted its inaugural class of 64 students in August 2011 and its second class of 64 students in August 2012. The College will welcome its third class of 64 students this August, and has received nearly 3,100 applications for 64 positions in the entering class of 2013.

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