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UVI Not Deterred After LCME Decision to Deny SOM Accreditation

On Oct. 13, the Liaison Committee for Medical Education’s (LCME) Advisory Board voted not to grant preliminary accreditation to the UVI School of Medicine (SOM). In response, the UVI Board is considering its options moving forward. It will first consult with the governor, the senate and other key stakeholders before making a final decision.

UVI submitted accreditation documents to the LCME in November 2014. The University’s initial application in November 2014 ran to over 1,600 pages. The LCME named UVI a candidate school in February 2015. In June, a four member team representing the LCME examined the School of Medicine’s (SOM) educational programs, leadership, facilities and faculty. They also examined the school’s clinical affiliates – the Roy L. Schneider Hospital and the East End Medical Center on St. Thomas, and the Juan F. Luis Hospital and the Frederiksted Health Care, Inc. on St. Croix. The team consisted of three senior academic physicians and an executive from the LCME. More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – - and from this direct link.