USC's cardiovascular fellowship program to lose national accreditation

The cardiovascular fellowship program at Los Angeles-based University of Southern California will lose its accreditation in 2020, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education notified USC last week that it would revoke the medical school's accreditation next year.

In an April 25 memo to staff members, Laura Mosqueda, MD, dean of USC's medical school, said ACGME's decision was based on outside experts' concerns over "resident safety and wellness processes," according to the Los Angeles Times.

In a rare move, ACGME also placed USC and LA County — which run the program together — on immediate probation, saying they "failed to demonstrate substantial compliance" with some requirements.

The news comes a year after allegations surfaced that school officials failed to respond properly when a resident accused a fellow in the program of sexual assault. 

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