Gary Russi, PhD, a retired academic administrator, spent his last 18 years in education as the president of Oakland University. Under the leadership of Dr. Gary Russi, Oakland University constructed the William Beaumont School of Medicine, the first new allopathic medical school in Michigan in more than four decades.
William Beaumont School of Medicine recently received full accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. A prestigious designation, the achievement represents the school’s sound educational structure and performance toward helping students obtain their medical degrees. The accreditation makes the school eligible for select federal grants as well as opens up new opportunities to access federal programs. Additionally, students are now qualified to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination and accept residencies approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education following graduation.
Schools eligible for accreditation must have an established admissions policy and selection criteria. Student services that assist with financial aid, health care, and personal and academic counseling are also stipulations for consideration. In addition, a five-year plan outlining infrastructure use and technological resources is necessary, to demonstrate the viability of the school’s long-term operations. For information about the Liaison Committee on Medical Education accreditation requirements, visit http://www.lcme.org.