Keck school earns accreditation

The Liason Committee on Medical Education has granted USC’s Keck School of Medicine the maximum eight-year accreditation, based on a “full survey visit” conducted by a committee survey team in November 2009.

According to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, accreditation is offered to all medical schools that ensure “that medical education takes place in a sufficiently rich environment to foster broad academic purposes.”

Carmen A. Puliafito, dean of Keck, was pleased that Keck achieved full accreditation.

“The full accreditation and praise received from this important committee that sets national standards for medical schools is a testament to the quality of our medical education program and our dedicated faculty,” Puliafito said in a release.

In a letter to President Steven B. Sample announcing the accreditation, the committee said that by adopting a program using non-physician medical student educators as faculty members associated with each core clerkship, the school provides “consistent, responsive and effective clinical student education across all sites.”

The Division of Medical Education, the letter stated, is “an impressive institutional resource, providing effective faculty development.”

Further, the letter addressed the Office of Faculty Affairs and its “pervasive impact on faculty enthusiasm, career advancement and productivity in education, research and clinical care.”