Wayne State medical school out of probation, placed on 'warning' status

The Liaison Committee for Medical Education lifted its accreditation probation on Detroit-based Wayne State University School of Medicine and placed the school on the "accreditation with warning" status, according to Crain's Detroit Business.

The LCME cited Wayne State for 12 violations of accreditation standards in June, including a lack of student diversity. The school began making immediate changes toward LCME compliance, such as hiring additional staff to boost diversity recruitment and improve teaching methods.

Jack Sobel, MD, dean of Wayne State University School of Medicine, said he testified about the violations in a hearing before the LCME Oct. 13. "We still must make changes within specific areas outlined by the LCME," Dr. Sobel said in a statement.

M. Roy Wilson, WayneState president, said he was happy and surprised with the LCME's decision. "It is a very unusual kind of action," Mr. Wilson said. "This is a big reconsideration."

Mr. Wilson said he hasn't received additional information from the LCME regarding WayneState's timeline for being taken off "accreditation with warning" status. But he's pleased with what the decision means for the medical school's future. "We are fully accredited now, and we don't need to tell students or anybody we are on probation," he said.

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