By | June 8, 2007 12:00 am

The University of Central Florida College of Medicine learned Friday, June 8, that it has been granted a site visit by the national medical school accrediting organization.

The visit was granted based on the college’s preliminary plan submitted to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in April. It is the first major step on the road to opening the medical college in fall 2009.

“We were delighted to hear from the LCME and to have been approved for a site visit,” said Dean Deborah German. “This is a successful first step. Our team will be working very hard to be ready.”

The LCME site team will review the entire plan for the medical school during its December visit. That includes its curriculum,policies, facilities, student services, faculty, administration and staff. The team will make a recommendation to its board and it will decide during a February 2008 meeting whether or not the college gets preliminary accreditation.

After the school receives its preliminary accreditation, it can begin to recruit students.

The college and medical library will be located at the UCF Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona on 50 acres, which will also include the Burnett College of Biomedical Sciences, and other health science programs.

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