For immediate release: July 17, 2007
GALVESTON, Texas - The School of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has earned an eight-year accreditation extension of its education program after a peer-based evaluation that evaluates function, organization and performance.

An accreditation report by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the nationally recognized authority for medical education programs, concluded that the school met a comprehensive list of national standards that are meant to foster improvement of the school and its programs.

The report noted that the "school's faculty members demonstrate enthusiastic commitment to medical student education that embraces curricular innovation and the promotion of active learning through the Integrated Medical Curriculum."

The LCME report also stated that "the school continues a long-standing commitment to recruit, matriculate and graduate underrepresented minority students, as well as students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds."

Dr. Garland D. Anderson, dean of the School of Medicine, said that "The accreditation by LCME is affirmation that our educational program is one of the best in the nation."

"The committee members were impressed with the commitment level of our faculty to student education and heard from our students what it means to them to have faculty so invested in their learning and success," he said. "I am proud of our faculty and grateful for their dedication to our students."

The accreditation process included a visit to UTMB in December 2006 by a team assigned by LCME to review the school's curriculum, education goals, and to view the teaching environment and facilities for learning.

Dr. Steven A. Lieberman, vice dean of academic affairs, said, "It's gratifying that the LCME made it a point to recognize the outstanding contributions of the faculty, staff and students responsible for the success of the curriculum. This is something we can all take pride in."

The U.S. Department of Education recognizes LCME for accrediting programs of education leading to the medical doctor degree. LCME accreditation is required for schools to receive federal grants for medical education and to participate in federal loan programs.

LCME is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association.
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