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News, Medical Education, Med Schools in the Making and Doctors Day

Today, March 30th, is National Doctors’ Day 2010*!

Photo Source/Credit:  http://www.doctorsday.org/ – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010

( Link here for a short explanation of the Tradition of the White Coat )

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Found on American Medical News this Monday, a feature article describing plans in process for establishing 13 new allopathic schools of medicine in the U.S. (with nine in the preliminary planning stages).

(Link to a graphic from the AMedNews site showing their geographic locations.)

Locally, Quinnipiac University (Hamden, CT) announced their intention in January 2010 to seek accreditation to open a new medical college.  The school plans to begin admitting students in academic year 2014.

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A developing medical school in the United States or Canada must complete five steps to become fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)…. Each step has its own requirements, and a school may not recruit applicants or accept student applications before reaching Step Three. ”

Excerpt from New School Process Overview, found on the website for Liaison Committee on Medical Education, a division of AAMC

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LCME and U.S. Department of Education are the organizational agencies governing curriculum and educational standards that 117 U.S. and 17 Canadian allopathic medical schools must conform to.

Alternatively, osteopathic medical education is governed by U.S. Department of Education and the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), an agency of the American Osteopathic Association.  Twenty-six colleges in the U.S. are accredited to grant Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degrees; five new schools opened in the U.S. in the past several years.  

Click here to see a map of colleges of Osteopathic Medicine in the U.S.

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Finally: Published on Feb 15 2010, a reporter from the New York Times interviewed medical students who have chosen to attend some of the “newest” schools of medicine.  Read the article at this link..

* See also #doctors day on Twitter.


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