Stony Brook University School of Medicine Granted Full Accreditation Status
Brook Receives Five Commendations Representing “Institutional Strengths”
BROOK, N.Y., December 5, 2011 – Stony
Brook University School of Medicine has been granted continued full accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the
nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs
leading to the M.D. degree in the U.S. and Canada. An LCME survey team, which
completed a site visit to the School of Medicine in April 2011, voted this fall
for full reaccreditation and recognized Stony Brook with five commendations
representing the School’s “institutional strengths.”
Brook University School of Medicine has been granted continued full
accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the nationally
recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs.
LCME is an accrediting body sponsored by the Association of American Medical
Colleges (AAMC) and the American Medical Association. Medical schools
nationwide must adhere to a process and LCME survey review every eight years
for continued accreditation. Some schools receive only preliminary
accreditation and other previously accredited schools can be placed on
probation or a warning of probation. Stony Brook received reaccreditation with
no term specified.
Brook did spectacularly well in our LCME review, a strong indication of our compliance
and creativity in building our medical education program to be among the best
in the nation,” says Kenneth Kaushansky, M.D., M.A.C.P., Senior Vice President
for the Health Sciences, and Dean, School of Medicine.
LCME detailed five commendations. These institutional strengths for Stony
Brook, in summary, include:
- The bold and rapid actions taken by the newly
appointed dean in addressing problems in the educational program and designed
to improve the institution’s performance across all of its core mission areas,
a move resonating strongly with faculty and students.
- Two first-year courses – Medical Physiology
and Molecular Foundations of Medicine – have made creative and innovative use
of the Objective Structured Clinical Examination as a strategy to integrate the
clinical application of students’ basic science knowledge.
- The medical school has made a strong
commitment to strengthening its emphasis on humanities, ethics, and professionalism
and created a Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics.
- Medical student support has been greatly
enhanced in the areas of learning and study skills advising and financial aid
- The medical school’s Information Technology
Department has developed a remarkable electronic platform to capture and track
curriculum information, class schedules, student grades and examination
administration, clinical experiences logs, and other educational support
to the LCME, accreditation is “awarded to a program of medical education based
on a judgment that there exists an appropriate balance between student
enrollment and the total resources of the institution, including faculty, physical
facilities, and the operating budget.”
Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Established in 1971, the Stony
Brook University School of Medicine includes 25 academic departments. The three
missions of the School are to advance the understanding of the origins of human
health and disease, train the next generation of committed, curious and highly
capable physicians, and deliver word-class compassionate healthcare. As a
member of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and a Liaison Committee
on Medical Education (LCME) accredited medical school, Stony Brook is one of
the foremost institutes of higher medical education in the country. Each year
the School trains nearly 500 medical students and over 480 medical residents
and fellows. Faculty research includes National Institutes of Health-sponsored
programs in neurological diseases, cancer, cardiovascular disorders, biomedical
imaging, regenerative medicine, infectious diseases, and many other topics.
Physicians on the School of Medicine faculty deliver world class medical care
through more than 30,000 inpatient, 80,000 emergency room, and approximately
350,000 outpatient visits annually at Stony Brook University Hospital and
affiliated clinical programs, making its clinical services one of the largest
and highest quality on Long Island, New York. To learn more, visit www.stonybrookmedicalcenter.org/som.