The Central Michigan University College of Medicine received official notification from the
Liaison Committee on Medical Education that it has earned provisional accreditation status, which is the last step before full accreditation is awarded to new medical schools.
The LCME, the accrediting body for programs leading to the M.D. degree in the United States, is jointly sponsored by the
Association of American Medical Colleges and the
American Medical Association.
The CMU College of Medicine's provisional status follows a site visit from LCME in May.
Provisional accreditation comes as the college prepares to graduate its first class in May 2017.
"I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our College of Medicine staff, faculty and students, to the leadership of CMU, to CMU Medical Education Partners, and to our hospital affiliates for the part each has played in helping us achieve this important milestone in our college history," Dr. George E. Kikano, college dean, said.
The college opened in 2009 and is at full capacity this year, having enrolled its fourth class in August: 104 students, selected from nearly 5,000 applicants. CMU's College of Medicine has a unique mission of improving access to high-quality health care in rural and medically underserved communities, helping to address the existing shortage of physicians in Michigan, as well as the predicted shortage of 4,000 to 6,000 physicians by the year 2020.