FSU Medical School Gets Full Accreditation

It's gaining national attention after becoming the first new medical school in more than 20 years to be accredited. The Florida State University College of Medicine got the news it's long awaited for.

After years of site visits, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, or the LCME, granted the college full accreditation.

Myra Hurt, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs, says, "We're a brand new breed. We don't look like other schools, and so we had to train, if you will, the accreditation people to look at medical schools a little differently."

The committee agreed, giving FSU's med school a thumbs up, a sigh of relief heard all around. Students say it means they'll now be able to compete with other schools across the country.

Ocie Harris, Dean of the FSU College of Medicine, says, "It's a relief to have that and we can go on about our business, and I do what we're really here to do, and that's educate medical students."

The College of Medicine received provisional accreditation in October, 2002. The final step was full accreditation, but that had to wait until the inaugural class was in its fourth year. FSU's first class will graduate this May from a fully accredited medical school.

Matthew Lee, a third year medical student, says, "It's been a lot of work from all of the administrators and a lot of students have also put a lot of work and hours going to different committee meetings and it's all turned out to be great."

FSU faculty says full accreditation will attract even more students to the school. Already, they've received 1,200 applications for the only 80 slots for the next class of future doctors.

Twenty nine students are expected to graduate from FSU's Medical School this May.