Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

March 20, 2014

On probation

U of L school must make needed improvements

The Independent

ASHLAND — In a move that could have a negative impact on attracting top-flight students, the University of Louisville School of Medicine has been placed on probation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the entity that accredits medical schools.

At the very least, probation is a blemish on the medical school, one of two state-funded medical schools in Kentucky with the other one being at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

 Medical school dean Dr. Toni Ganzel said in a statement she was disappointed with the status finding, adding that most of the issues that led to the probation have already been addressed in the last year or will be 2014-2015 school year.

The school has two years to make changes in nine areas of concern found during an April 2013 visit by a Liaison Committee on Medical Education team before the status can be lifted. While the changes are made, the program remains fully accredited.

The university plans to formally submit an action plan to Liaison Committee on Medical Education in October and anticipates a follow-up site review in the summer of 2015.

There is little doubt that the medical school will make the changes necessary to have the probation lifted and be a better school because of the process. Being fully accredited is critical to the life of any academic program offered by a university. Without it, there is no guarantee that credit earned by students will be accepted by other schools.

May the probation serve as a wakeup call for the medical training the taxpayers of Kentucky help fund, and will completely eliminate the shortcomings found by the accrediting team of experts.