A table display related to the WSU College of Medicine sell study document needed for accreditation, as it sits on a table at the self-study meeting in Richland.

Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine has taken another major step toward accreditation.

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), which is the national accrediting agency for allopathic medical schools in the U.S. and Canada, has granted the college “candidate” status. That means the agency has reviewed the foundational documents submitted by the college in December and agreed to visit WSU Spokane sometime this spring or summer. The date of the site visit will be announced soon.

“This is a great first step and one in a series of important milestones in the accreditation process,” said Dr. John Tomkowiak, founding dean.

“Our work now shifts to the next phase of the accreditation process. We want to ensure we are prepared to answer any questions the LCME team may have about our plans for the medical school,” said WSU Spokane Chancellor Lisa Brown.

During the site visit the LCME will send a team to the college to discuss the plans for the school, see the facilities and ask questions about which it has concerns. The team will then make a report to the full board of the LCME, which will then decide on whether to grant WSU the preliminary accreditation status it needs to begin recruiting students.

“WSU continues to make progress on our commitment to increase the number of doctors serving the people of this state, especially in underserved communities,” said Daniel J. Bernardo, interim president. “Improving access, in this case to healthcare, is part of WSU’s land-grant mission. Moreover, Dr. Floyd would be pleased to see his vision moving closer to fulfillment.”

“We have a lot to do between now and the site visit, but I’m confident that our team will be able to demonstrate that the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine stands for excellence,” Tomkowiak said.

Students in the college will engage in their preliminary studies mostly on the WSU Spokane campus. Once they enter their more intensive clinical training they will be assigned to one of WSU’s clinical campuses in Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver or Everett.

You can read more here about the progress the college is making in its push for accreditation.