This Month's News
Plans for new medical schools in Texas, Virginia are moving forward
As reported in our April issue, a significant number of schools are seeking initial accreditation of an MD program by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). In addition, the University of Texas System is moving forward with plans to establish medical schools in Austin and South Texas. Meanwhile, a feasibility study for a new medical school at Shenandoah University in Virginia found that the university does not have the financial resources needed to develop an MD program, even though doing so could help improve access to health care in the region, reports the Northern Virginia Daily.
In related news, the LCME is taking more severe actions against medical schools since 2002, according to a new study in Academic Medicine. As reported in American Medical News, the study found that citations related to curriculum design, content and management went up 108 percent, from 119 to 248, and citations in the medical student category (including admission requirements and procedures, and student counseling services) rose 61 percent, from 83 to 134.