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Probationary status removed for Marshall’s Joan. C. Edwards School of Medicine

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The nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, has removed probationary status for the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

The School of Medicine was placed on probation in June 2011 after the LCME cited nine standards in noncompliance, one standard in compliance with a need for monitoring and three standards in transition. The school remained fully accredited.

University President Stephen J. Kopp made the announcement about probation being lifted last week, calling it a milestone that was not easily achieved.

"Dean Joseph Shapiro addressed the issues with precision and tenacity and has created a vision for an even better medical school," Kopp said. "I sincerely thank our faculty, staff, students, Gov. (Earl Ray) Tomblin, Sen. (Robert) Plymale, our legislators and everyone involved throughout the Medical School and our Marshall University community for their incredible, hard work."

A site team from LCME visited the school in June, and the board voted to lift Marshall's probation at its meeting last week. Shapiro said the review process gathered information from several constituencies.

"We will have more details when we receive the formal letter from the LCME, but I did not want to wait to share this fantastic news with our friends and the folks who have worked so diligently to make this happen," Shapiro said. "With our accreditation status now solid, we can move forward."