SPOKANE, Washington – State University of Washington Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine has received full accreditation, the latest step in an accreditation journey that has spanned nearly six years.
The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accreditation agency for medical education programs in the United States and Canada, granted full accreditation after conducting an extensive virtual tour of the site in October 2020 and assessed the College of Medicine’s progress against the rigorous LCME standards. The LCME has also identified areas where the college will need to focus on short- and long-term adjustments and improvements before the next accreditation review period.
âAchieving full accreditation marks the culmination of a journey that began when we established the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and continued relentlessly over the past six years to fulfill our mission with Washington residents and communities, âsaid John Tomkowiak, founder dean of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. âThank you to our faculty, staff, students and collaborators across the state for dedicating tens of thousands of hours over many years to making this incredible milestone for our college. “
The WSU College of Medicine began preparing for LCME accreditation in 2015 after Governor Jay Inslee enacted a bill authorizing the WSU to establish an independently accredited medical school. The law effectively overturned a previous law that had been in effect for almost 100 years prohibiting the establishment of a new public medical school. In 2016, LCME granted preliminary accreditation to WSU College of Medicine, which allowed the college to begin recruiting students and accepting applications for the college’s inaugural class of 2021. The college achieved provisional accreditation in June 2019 after demonstrating continued compliance with standards and preparedness for the clinical components of the medical education program.
LCME accreditation is a peer review process that determines whether a medical school’s program meets established standards and identifies opportunities for improvement. The full accreditation process included the submission of over 2,500 pages of required documentation and a two-day virtual site tour with LCME in October 2020.
All American allopathic medical schools must be accredited by LCME as a condition of licensure for medical graduates. LCME accreditation is also required for students to pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and guarantees eligibility for residency programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Higher Medical Education (ACGME). .
To learn more about the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, visit medicine.wsu.edu.