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Message from the Dean

deansobeljackTo the School of Medicine Family:

I am pleased to announce that the Wayne State University School of Medicine is no longer under Liaison Committee on Medical Education probationary status.

After considering our testimony on Oct. 14, a reconsideration panel amended the organization’s initial probation decision and reduced it to accreditation with warning. The decision rescinds the probation status reported in early June.

This is fantastic news, and I want to thank the members of our administration who worked to address the issues initially cited by the LCME. I also want to thank Richard Baker, M.D., vice dean of Medical Education; Nicolette Franck, accreditation manager; and students Julie Weber and Jay Llaniguez, who spoke with me before the reconsideration panel.
The initial findings and the current warning status do not in any way reflect negatively on the quality of medical education we provide. Our students have — and continue — to perform well on tests and licensing examinations. Our graduating classes post enviable residency match rates, often above the national average. Our graduates remain in demand at hospitals nationwide.

We still must make changes within specific areas outlined by the LCME. We began taking the steps necessary to address those areas immediately upon notification of the initial findings. In fact, we began addressing the issue of diversity independent of the LCME months before the body reported its findings.

The issues cited by the LCME are being addressed swiftly. Members of the administration have been assigned to develop action plans to address the issues, and we anticipate resolving them well before the completion of the warning period.

I will keep you informed of our progress as we move forward in addressing these issues.

Jack D. Sobel
Wayne State University