SOURCE: University of Calgary

University of Calgary

August 18, 2016 11:05 ET

University of Calgary medical school receives accreditation

Accreditation valid for the next eight years

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - August 18, 2016) - The University of Calgary's Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) has been successfully accredited in a process common to all North American medical schools. In recent years, accreditation has been a challenge for many schools, with four of Canada's 17 medical schools having failed accreditation before having it reinstated after major remedial work over the last 10 years. The CSM has continuously maintained its accredited status since it took its first students in 1970.

"Students can be assured that they will get an outstanding medical education at the Cumming School in a modern university that values research and community service," says Dr. Tom Feasby, Chair UME Accreditation Steering Committee and former Dean of Medicine.

Preparation for the accreditation took two years and involved hundreds of people including faculty and staff doing very thorough self-examination of the undergraduate teaching program and many other activities at the school. Students also played a key role. They conducted in-depth surveys of students followed by focus groups and analysis, resulting in many recommendations for improvement. Students also served on all the major accreditation subcommittees and the accreditation steering committee.

The Cumming School of Medicine, one of only two three-year medical schools in Canada, is one of the first medical schools to be assessed under new Canadian standards which came into effect in June 2015.

"The Cumming School of Medicine has achieved the best possible result: full accreditation for an eight-year term," says Dr. Jon Meddings, Dean of Medicine. "We demonstrated throughout the accreditation process just how strong we are. Of the 95 elements evaluated by the survey team, we satisfied the requirements in 97 per cent overall; 100 per cent for elements directly related to curriculum and student evaluation."

The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) manages a rigorous system of accreditation at the undergraduate levels for all 17 faculties of medicine in Canada. Accreditation of undergraduate medical education is undertaken jointly between the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) in Canada and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) in the U.S.

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About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is making tremendous progress on its journey to become one of Canada's top five research universities, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university's Gaelic motto, which translates as 'I will lift up my eyes.'

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About the Cumming School of Medicine
The University of Calgary's Cumming School of Medicine is a leader in health research, with an international reputation for excellence and innovation in health care research and education. We train the next generation of health practitioners, and take new treatments and diagnostic techniques from the laboratory to the patient, always keeping in mind our goal: Creating the Future of Health.

The medical school was created in 1967 and on June 17, 2014, was formally named the Cumming School of Medicine in recognition of Geoffrey Cumming's generous gift to the university.

For more information, visit cumming.ucalgary.ca/ or follow us on Twitter @UCalgaryMed.

Contact Information

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    Marta Cyperling
    Media Relations Manager, Cumming School of Medicine
    403.210.3835
    mcyperli@ucalgary.ca