Penn State College of Medicine earns full accreditation

Penn State College of Medicine’s Medical Doctor (MD) program has received full accreditation for the next eight years by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Accreditation demonstrates that the College of Medicine’s program has achieved national standards for quality. The LCME's survey team visited the campus in October and reviewed materials presented by the medical school.

“We have been at the forefront of a national movement to transform medical education to better prepare students to work in a rapidly changing health care environment,” said Dr. Craig Hillemeier, dean, Penn State College of Medicine; CEO, Penn State Health; and senior vice president for health affairs, Penn State.

Hillemeier highlighted some of the College of Medicine’s recent achievements:

  • It launched a four-year curriculum on the University Park campus in 2017 that immerses first-year medical students with patients and physicians in clinical environments from day one.
  • Researchers at Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute began a collaborative study to examine how socio-economic conditions in distressed communities across Pennsylvania are leading to higher mortality rates – and what can be done to reverse that trend.
  • Investigators at the Penn State Addiction Center for Translation are working to better understand the biology of addiction and develop more effective strategies to prevent and treat it.
  • More than 20 faculty members from seven departments are working together in the Viruses and Cancer Training Program to teach the next generation of cancer investigators.
  • The MD-PhD Medical Scientist Training Program was awarded highly competitive funding from the National Institutes of Health to prepare students for success as biomedical researchers.
  • Robert Nwokonko, a fourth-year biomedical science graduate student, was chosen from students around the world to attend the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting from June 24-29 in Germany and meet 43 Nobel laureates.
  • More than 4,800 individuals applied for the 30 seats in the newest class of the physician assistant program, making it among the most competitive in the nation.
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Last Updated July 17, 2018