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Creighton School of Medicine Praised for Student-Focused Education, Diversity

The Creighton University School of Medicine has been awarded accreditation for eight years – the maximum period allowed – by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

The renewal of accreditation followed an exhaustive self-study by the School of Medicine as well as an onsite visit, Oct. 16-19, by an LCME onsite review team.

In a Feb. 16, 2012, letter to Creighton University President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., LCME recognized the School of Medicine for faculty/administrator accessibility, a diverse student body, a student-centered environment and curriculum, a commitment to serve the community and others, and more.

“There is a strong sense of community and commitment to service among the student body. One hundred percent of students voluntarily participate in community service activities,” LCME noted. “The collaborative and supportive student culture is fostered by the faculty, who serve as very effective role models in their interactions with students and patients.”

Other comments made by LCME include:

  • Creighton’s Health Sciences Multicultural and Community Affairs Office “has contributed to institutional diversity through a variety of successful pipeline programs and activities for enrolled students.”
  • Students support services are “exemplary, including the academic success consultants, the chaplain, the Office of Student Affairs, and the financial aid coordinator. The resources for and process of career counseling also were notable.”
  • The School of Medicine provides a “comprehensive wellness program that is included in the required curriculum. The wellness program is enhanced by functional facilities…”

LCME accreditation signifies that national standards for structure, function, and performance are met by medical school education programs that lead to an M.D. degree in the U.S. and Canada.

“The Creighton School of Medicine is very proud of its rich tradition of student-focused education, service to others, and commitment to a diverse student body,” said Rowen Zetterman, M.D., dean of medicine. “We are pleased that these are among the areas for which the school is lauded in this latest LCME accreditation.”