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As a new class starts, the Medical School celebrates its LCME results—and recommits to boosting scholarships

In August, the Medical School welcomed a new class of students with the White Coat Ceremony. Students stood before family, friends, faculty members, and alumni to don their white coats for the first time and begin the journey to becoming physicians.

This traditional ceremony marked the start of an exciting new year—and builds on good news. The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accreditation body for U.S. Medical Schools, reaccredited the Medical School through 2019-2020.

“The fact that we will not be scheduled for another full review for eight years is remarkable,” says Medical School dean Aaron Friedman, M.D. “It’s a testament to the hard work of our faculty and staff and to our school’s high standard of excellence.”

That’s not to say that we don’t have more work to do, Friedman adds. “Along with the reaccreditation, LCME called out some areas for improvement, including one citation that will require alumni commitment and involvement: We were cited for the high cost of education for our students.”

The Medical School’s Class of 2012 graduated with an average debt of $174,700 compared with $162,000 nationally.

Addressing this issue will require a dedicated effort, and the Medical School must turn to alumni and friends for help, says Friedman. “First, we need to increase our scholarship funds for the Medical School. Second, we need alumni to be the school’s advocates. Please let our elected officials know that funding for graduate medical education is both urgent and critical to our mission: conducting groundbreaking research, training the next generation of physicians, and providing the best possible care to the community.”

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