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University of Louisville medical school placed on probation by accrediting body

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The University of Louisville School of Medicine has been placed on probation by its accrediting body, according to a press release issued Thursday.

Following an April 2013 site visit, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education identified changes the school must make in nine areas for the probation to be lifted, U of L said. The school remains fully accredited.

"Many of the changes requested either have been implemented this year or are scheduled to occur in academic year 2014-15," said medical school dean Toni Ganzel in the release.

Ganzel, who began the job in May 2013, added, "The LCME decision is based upon where we were as a school in April 2013 and not where we are today in March 2014."

Ganzel said the accrediting body's concerns were related mostly to "the preclinical instructional building and the pace of preclinical curricular change. Additionally, we need to make changes in some of the details of curricular oversight."

A $7.5 million renovation of the school's instructional building, scheduled to be completed in August, should help with the accrediting issues, the school said. The renovated building will include "two large interactive lecture halls that will better meet the needs of our current class size and enable us to potentially expand our class size to meet the growing physician shortage in Kentucky and beyond."

U of L has more information in a Questions and Answers document posted on the medical school website.

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