By Wendy Sarubbi | July 8, 2011 1:26 pm

The College of Medicine gathered Thursday to celebrate receiving provisional accreditation, the second of three approvals necessary to become fully accredited and able to grant medical degrees to its students.

The college’s provisional accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education “is really the work of all of you,” said Dr. Deborah German, vice president for medical affairs and founding dean. “There is not a person living in this College of Medicine building and the building next door who has not been involved in this success.”

In its report, the LCME praised the medical school’s institutional strengths, including its leadership, teamwork, dedication to student learning and cutting-edge facilities. A survey team will visit the college again in October 2012 in preparation for its decision on full accreditation.

About 60 faculty and staff members gathered in the college atrium to celebrate the medical school’s latest milestone. The event included a champagne test tube toast as Dr. German honored the college’s young legacy and its bright future “reaching for the stars.”

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