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GW Medical School On Probation
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发信人: docrockville (docrockville), 信区: MedicalCareer
标 题: GW Medical School On Probation
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Sat Dec 27 09:17:26 2008)

GW Medical School On Probation

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (GW)
has been placed on probation by one of academic medicine’s accrediting
bodies due to problems with “curriculum management,” “administrative
processes” and inadequate study and lounge space.

Dr. Jim Scott, dean of the medical school, says issues include curriculum
course objectives and language in internal administrative documents.

The school has two years to show compliance but will remain accredited
during the process, according to the accrediting organization, the Liaison
Committee on Medical Education (LCME), which evaluates allopathic medical
schools for accreditation and is affiliated with the Association of American
Medical Colleges (AAMC).

The committee states that a school may be put on probation if, in the LCME’
s judgment, the areas of noncompliance have “seriously compromised the
quality of the medical education program.”

Neither the LCME nor GW have chosen to release the committee’s report. “
The school readily accepts the need to remedy the LCME’s concerns and will
work promptly and diligently to do so,” officials noted in a brief
statement, adding that the medical school is already developing an action
plan to correct the areas not up to the LCME’s standards.

No medical school has ever lost its accreditation after being put on
probation, says Dan Hunt, co- secretary of the LCME.

Hunt says the report is confidential and that it is standard for accrediting
bodies not to disclose such information. The LCME oversees 130 medical
schools in the United States and 17 in Canada.

“The most important thing is the curriculum management,” said Scott. “
This has to do with continuous feedback about the curriculum process.”

Administrative problems just required fine-tuning, says Scott, who expressed
surprise that the school was put on probation. “We are taking a look to
quickly resolve this and get off of probation.”

When asked why the school had not been sanctioned before, since the cited
practices weren’t new, Scott says it may have been the judgment of
different evaluators.

Andrew Degnan, a second-year, and one of the medical school’s 700 students,
says the administration has been open about the situation.

He says while probation gives the school some negative attention and may
even give potential students pause, it would probably not have any lasting
negative effect.

“It would be naive to say the probationary status is not without some
detrimental effect to the school’s reputation,” Degnan says. “There may
be some reservation on the part of applicants to accept offers from GW, but
the students who recognize the many great qualities about the school will
come regardless.”

Med School Enrollment at Record Highs

This fall, U.S. medical schools topped last year’s enrollment of first-
years despite a decrease in the number of first-time applicants.

Medical schools accepted students with some of the best grades and test
scores on record, and while black enrollment remained the same, the number
of Latino students increased, according to the AAMC.

Enrollment for 2008 increased 2 percent from the previous year’s highs to
more than 18,000 students. The numbers reflect efforts to address the nation
’s physician shortage by expanding existing programs, opening branch
campuses and launching new medical schools.

“The 2008 entering class is the largest we’ve seen in history,” says Dr.
Darrell G. Kirch, president of the AAMC. Enrollment is critical as the
nation’s population grows and ages, he says.

Enrollees’ mean grade point average of 3.5 and MCAT score of 28.1 were
among the highest the association has seen, and more students had community
service and research experience on their résumés.

For Kirch, one of the most gratifying aspects of the enrollment numbers was
the increase in first-year Latino students.

“The number of Latinos entering this year is over 10 percent compared with
last year,” he says. “That is really dramatic.”

Overall, Latinos represent 7.9 percent of the 2008 medical school class.

Kirch adds that Latinos represent 13 percent of the U.S. population, “so
medical students are starting to reflect the population they serve.”

The AAMC stated that three medical schools establishing branch campuses
contributed most to the overall increase in med school enrollment: Mercer
University School of Medicine, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of
Medicine, and University of Arizona College of Medicine.

Another gain in minority enrollment came from Native Americans, whose
numbers increased by more than 5 percent. The portion of black enrollees
remained nearly the same, at about 7 percent.

Medical school appli¬cations totaled 42,200, although the number of
first-time applicants decreased 3 percent. More than two applicants existed
for every open medical school slot. Applications by Latinos increased 3
percent, but applications by black premeds decreased 4 percent.
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