LAS VEGAS, Oct. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Medicine has received notice from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) that it has been approved as a candidate for accreditation, authorizing an LCME survey visit for consideration to receive preliminary accreditation status.
"The decision by the LCME to grant Roseman's College of Medicine a survey visit is a major step forward in the development of a non-profit, private, LCME-accredited medical school in Southern Nevada," said Renee Coffman, PhD, president of Roseman University of Health Sciences. "I'm very proud of the hard work of the College of Medicine and Roseman University administration, faculty and staff, for preparing a solid and actionable plan that demonstrated to the LCME our readiness, thoughtfulness and preparation for the next steps in the accreditation process."
Coffman added that the College of Medicine's effort toward accreditation will only intensify. "We must now prepare extremely hard for the preliminary accreditation survey visit so that we validate that we can and will deliver on everything contained in our plan," Coffman said.
Mark A. Penn, MD, MBA, founding dean of the College of Medicine, said Roseman is now another step closer to its vision to serve the community as a premier private, MD-granting medical college preparing the next generation of physicians to meet the demands and special needs of today's patients. "Our mission is to educate competent, caring and ethical physicians from diverse backgrounds who will dedicate themselves to improving the health of communities in Southern Nevada and throughout the Intermountain West," said Penn. "Our medical students will be prepared through Roseman's innovative educational model focused on mastery learning, an unwavering commitment to the concept of lifelong colleagues, and values that place patients first."
Dates for the survey visit have not yet been scheduled; however the visit is expected to take place in early 2016. The College of Medicine will be notified of the decision regarding preliminary accreditation after the June 2016 meeting of the LCME. After the College of Medicine achieves preliminary accreditation status, it will be allowed to recruit its charter class for fall 2017.
The LCME accredits complete and independent medical education programs whose students are geographically located in the United States or Canada for their education, and which are offered by universities or medical schools that are chartered and operated in the United States or Canada. Currently, there are 144 LCME-accredited medical schools, with an additional nine working towards accreditation in the coming years. The LCME is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the authority for the accreditation of programs of medical education leading to the MD degree.
About the Roseman University College of Medicine
Roseman University began building the foundation for its MD-granting College of Medicine in 2010 through the establishment of medical research programs that now focus on diabetes and obesity, cancer, Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases, cardiovascular disease, and adult stem cell and regenerative medicine. On December 13, 2013, the Board of Trustees of Roseman University unanimously approved the university's plan to develop an allopathic medical school in Southern Nevada. Under the direction of Dr. Mark A. Penn, in January 2014, Roseman University's College of Medicine submitted an application to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) to begin the accreditation process. The College of Medicine is housed at Roseman University's Summerlin campus.
About Roseman University of Health Sciences
Founded in Henderson, Nevada in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a private, non-profit institution of higher learning with campuses in Henderson, Summerlin and South Jordan, Utah. The University is comprised of the College of Dental Medicine, offering an Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA residency and Doctor of Dental Medicine program; College of Pharmacy, offering a Doctor of Pharmacy and Professional Continuing Education; College of Nursing, offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and an MBA program. Roseman University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
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