The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) at San Antonio has just announced its medical school’s full reaccreditation after two years of probation, and a renewal of a grant from the National Institutes of Health worth $22.7 million for the next five years.
Although UTHSC’s medical school’s probation did not warrant a removal of accredited status, this return was very good news to aspiring medical students who had enrolled after the October 2011 decision by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education to place the school under probation for reasons related to an unsatisfactory curriculum, faculty supervision, and unavailability of centralized clinical activities.
Dr. Francisco González-Scarano, dean of the medical school, shared that he and the school’s staff put in a great amount of effort to fix the identified problem areas and meet the LCME’s standards. He said the school reformatted their outdated curriculum to focus less on lectures, and more on personalized training. González also mentioned the management of the school’s faculty has been transferred from the dean of the graduate school of biomedical sciences to the dean of the medical school. The school has also made its clinical activities centralized and easily viewable through a computer.
UTHSC will be utilizing the renewed NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences grant of $22.7 million to advancing researches from laboratory testing to clinical tests in order to improve on potentially breakthrough therapies and methods of administration.