University of Missouri School of Medicine faces accreditation issues

After visiting Columbia-based University of Missouri School of Medicine in January, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education has deemed the medical school noncompliant in several areas, according to The Associated Press.

A June report from the LCME found Missouri's medical school noncompliant in the following areas:

  • Diversity programs
  • Student mistreatment
  • Curricular management
  • Affiliation agreements

The LCME found 14 percent of the medical school's students claimed they'd been denied opportunities based on gender at least one time, compared with the 6 percent national average based on data from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Twenty-two percent said they'd been the subject of sexist remarks at least once, compared with the 14 percent national average. Forty-three percent said they'd experienced public humiliation at least one time, compared with the 19 percent national average.

If the University of Missouri School of Medicine doesn't achieve these goals within two years, it may lose its accreditation status. Patrice Delfontaine, MD, dean of the medical school, must submit an action plan to the LCME by Dec. 1.

"We take the LCME's recommendations very seriously. To that end, we have assembled a task force comprised of medical students, faculty and staff that is dedicated to continuous improvement in general, as well as to making specific quality improvements cited in the survey," said Dean Delfontaine in a statement.  

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