Potential 'boom' in DO physicians; Wayne State off probation & more — 7 medical school notes

Here are 7 recent updates on medical schools during the past week.

1. U of Central Florida president announces retirement, claims opening medical school was his greatest accomplishment
Orlando-based University of Central Florida President John C. Hitt, PhD, announced his intent to retire Tuesday after nearly 26 years at the helm of the institution.

2. AAFP: Top 10 medical schools for family medicine 2017
The American Academy of Family Physicians highlighted the top 20 allopathic and osteopathic medical schools for 2017 that have produced the highest number of physicians who went into family medicine residency programs.

3. Get ready for a DO boom: 26% of first-year medical students to become doctors of osteopathic medicine
While doctors of osteopathic medicine currently make up roughly 8.5 percent of licensed physicians, experts suggest the percentage will increase dramatically during the coming years.

4. Wayne State medical school receives full accreditation 2 years after probation, warning
Detroit-based Wayne State University School of Medicine received full accreditation through the 2023 school year by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education Oct. 19. The accreditation status comes two years after the school was placed on probation and given an accreditation warning.

5. U of Minnesota Medical School names Dr. Jakub Tolar dean: 3 things to know
Minneapolis-based University of Minnesota Medical School tapped Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD, as dean, effective Oct. 23.

6. U of Houston officials to potentially discuss feasibility of medical school
University of Houston's board of regents said they hope to discuss the potential construction of a university-affiliated medical school during their meeting in November.

7. State investigators: Former USC Keck dean Dr. Carmen Puliafito saw patients 'within hours' of misusing drugs
An investigation conducted for The Medical Board of California revealed former Los Angeles-based Keck School of Medicine of USC Dean Carmen Puliafito, MD, "would return to his medical office to see patients within hours of using methamphetamine."

More articles on hospital-physician relationships:
Get ready for a DO boom: 26% of first-year medical students to become doctors of osteopathic medicine
Wayne State medical school receives full accreditation 2 years after probation, warning
U of Minnesota Medical School names Dr. Jakub Tolar dean: 3 things to know

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