Wayne State medical school could be placed on accreditation probation

Wayne State School of Medicine (Detroit) has been informed that it could be placed on accreditation probation by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education if the committee does not grant the medical school's appeal and reverse the decision, according to a Crain's Detroit Business report.

The LCME inspection occurred in March, and a reconsideration hearing is set for October.

"The LCME came in and found a series of issues in which we were noncompliant with the standards," said Roy Wilson, Wayne State's president.

The medical school was cited for 12 violations of LCME accreditation standards. Wayne State provided an executive summary of the report, which is several hundred pages long.

Violations include a lack of student diversity, a lack of privacy surrounding students' health and psychiatric records and the lack of a system for monitoring student activities that prepare them for their roles in teaching and assessment. Additionally, the LCME found that the school's curriculum lacked time for independent study and offered too many multiple-choice exams for students in their first two years. Eight other standards are not in compliance but require ongoing monitoring.

The LCME requires 100 percent compliance to be fully accredited. Wayne State was 91 percent compliant.

Wayne State School of Medicine has already begun taking steps toward LCME compliance. The school will hire additional staff to boost diversity recruitment and improve its teaching methods. It will also recruit a new assistant dean for admissions. It is estimated these changes will cost upwards of $550,000.

For now, Wayne State is still a fully accredited medical school. But if the hearing is upheld, WayneState could be placed on probation for at least two years.

*Information was updated on July 1, 2015.

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