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Illinois medical school put on probation

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted July 12, 2004

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The Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, Ill., has been put on probation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the organization which accredits U.S. medical schools.

The LCME cited the school for needing to reduce its dependency on student tuition, which is among the highest in the nation at $37,000 a year. The LCME also said the school needs to stabilize its medical staff, improve the curriculum and build stronger relationships with hospitals for clinical education.

The decision makes the school the only one in the United States currently on probation. The school has up to two years to correct these problems.

School officials said the LCME report also commended them for changes already under way. A three-year strategic plan issued in 2003 froze tuition for five years and began construction of new educational facilities. Several leadership positions have been filled, including the president and CEO and the dean of the medical school.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2004/07/12/prbf0712.htm.

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