The risk of not being able to recruit top medical students in Canada is over for the University of Alberta with the news its school of medicine no longer faces probation by a U.S. accreditation agency.
Dr. Tom Marrie, dean of the university’s faculty of medicine, says the department is moving ahead with plans to boost its curriculum and do more to tackle mistreatment of students.
Both were areas of concern for the U.S. accreditation group.
Probation would have definitely hurt the university, Marrie said.
“If it was still in place, in all likelihood, some of the top students may not apply to our program,” he said. “They might have looked at our program as less desirable ... and go elsewhere.”
If a medical school isn’t accredited, students can’t qualify for residency programs, so can’t get their medical licences.
The faculty is making several changes, including adopting more modern teaching methods to ensure a better education for students.
A committee also has been set up to work with Capital Health on how students are treated.
“The mistreatment for the most part is in areas where people are under stress and may speak abruptly to somebody, occasionally challenging them over something they should know,” Marrie said.
The medical school will be surveyed by the accreditation committee again in a year.