UPDATE: MU School of Medicine probation lifted after nine months

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 | 5:08 p.m. CST; updated 10:04 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 26, 2010

COLUMBIA — The MU School of Medicine is no longer on probation, after a visit on Jan. 15 by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

As a result, the school has received three more years of accreditation and the agency is scheduled to return in 2013 for the next visit, according to Jack Gay, associate dean for graduate medical education.

The administrative component of the School of Medicine was placed on a two-year probation in April 2009. This did not affect the accreditation of medical students' education, individual residency or medical fellowship programs, according to a release from Rich Gleba, spokesman for the School of Medicine.

Probation was instituted because of several concerns including policy language, resident representation at campus meetings, processes for reviewing and circulating internal reports and administration of residents’ daily work, according to the release.

Although the probation period was supposed to last two years, the university worked to enact improvements early, and the school received accreditation in just nine months.

“We’ve focused on quality of residency programs and made positive changes," Gay said. "This is a big relief.”

Although the probation period was to last two years, the university worked to enact improvements early.  They requested that the accreditation agency return on Oct. 27, 2009, instead of the projected April 2011, to review progress.  The agency notified the school yesterday that it had received accreditation in nine months.

Gay said in the release these changes are permanent.

Here are the changes MU made:

  • Creation of a new MU Health System to improve administration and operation of resident education.  
  • Appointment of a new health system vice chancellor and medical school dean.
  • Personal oversight of the resident education office by the medical school dean and the CEO of MU Hospitals and Clinics.
  • More involvement by physician educators in educating residents through more graduate medical education resources.
  • Responsibility of non-physician staff members to complete non-educational tasks.

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