The LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine has been granted a full eight-year re-accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.  

A team of LCME reviewers visited the medical school in January for several days and issued a report to the full body.

In its review of the team report, the LCME singled out the school’s information technology program, citing it as an institutional strength and noting: “In the Independent Student Analysis the students highly rate the IT staff availability and quality of service. “  The reviewers were impressed that medical students are provided with laptops that are pre-loaded for their course work and tablets for clinical rotations.

The accrediting body cited only three areas as non-compliant. These were: lack of a formal “scientific method” component in the first two years of the medical school curriculum, no formal mechanism for assessing the potential risks to students who take elective programs in other areas of the country and the need for more student recreation and relaxation facilities.

“We are very pleased with the overall report and have already begun working on the three areas,” said Chancellor Robert A. Barish, MD MBA. Starting next year, a new evidence-based research component will be offered throughout the medical school curriculum, and school officials will seek funding for expansion and improvement of the student union to accommodate more student activities.

The Dean’s office is creating a plan for prior review of outside electives before they are offered to students. This will take into account evaluation of potential natural disasters, availability of emergency care and the oversight and supervision of the program.