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University to Postpone UVI School of Medicine’s LCME Accreditation Application

University of the Virgin Islands President David Hall announced on Wednesday, July 27, the decision to postpone resubmitting its application for accreditation for the UVI School of Medicine (UVI-SOM) to the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME) for one year.Originally, the UVI-SOM had planned to submit the application on Aug. 1, 2016. 

This decision was based on a recommendation from Dr. Ben Sachs, dean of the UVI School of Medicine, and embraced by the Executive Committee of the UVI Board of Trustees. The recommendation was based primarily on not achieving an important fundraising goal. The budget for the School of Medicine, which must be approved by LCME, required that the University obtain $10 million in pledges in addition to the $30 million Kathuria gift agreement. This allows LCME to determine if a medical school is financially viable. Despite strong efforts, and the generosity of numerous individuals, the Medical School project has received only $3 million in pledges, which is $7 million short of the goal. 

All of the other tasks associated with receiving preliminary accreditation, such as designing a curriculum, developing all necessary policies and addressing the concerns raised by LCME have been achieved. The application is complete, other than the financial section.  Dr. Sachs and the SOM team worked extremely hard to move this project forward, and the University is very proud of their outstanding efforts. Once the fundraising goal is achieved, the team will continue its work of creating a first class and innovative medical school for the Virgin Islands. More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website –http://www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.