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EDITORIAL: UCF's medical milestone
Source: Orlando Sentinel, 02/14/13
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In 2011, when the College of Medicine at the University of Central Florida received provisional accreditation, its dean Deborah German observed that the approval moved the fledgling school onto the runway to become "the nation's premier 21st-century college of medicine."
With Monday's announcement that the school has received its third and final thumbs-up required for full accreditation, the journey toward that lofty goal finally is cleared for flight. Bravo.
Accreditation is no trivial detail. Medical schools require it to award degrees. And students must graduate from accredited schools to qualify for hospital residencies and medical licenses.
UCF's medical school opened four years ago. Forty-one students shared temporary digs near the main UCF campus as the future $65 million state-of-the-art medical–education home in the Lake Nona Medical City complex was being built.
Not that the school twiddled thumbs during the construction and the lengthy accreditation process. It welcomed three faculty members to the exclusive "Millionaires Club" — staffers who've brought in $1 million or more in research to UCF. And German positioned the school to graduate its maiden class debt-free — courtesy of a more than $6 million fundraising campaign she piloted.
Accreditation marks the climax of her hard work and the community's foresight — realizing the value of diversifying the area's economy with a UCF crown jewel in Orlando's burgeoning Medical City. For the region, that's good medicine.