LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- The University of Louisville Medical School is making some big changes after being placed on probation by a major accreditation agency.
The Medical School is responsible for educating the next generation of doctors, now it faces making changes in specific areas so its probationary status can be lifted .
Dr. Toni Ganzel, the Dean of the Medical School, said the good news is that many of the changes are already fixed or soon will be.
"I'm confident that all these things will be able to be positioned for success," Ganzel said.
The major accrediting agency visited the campus in 2013. The two biggest areas of change involve the pace of the curriculum.
It's an area that 4th year medical student Jessica Huber said has greatly improved and benefitted her.
"I think because of that experience and the experiences we had through the excellent first year curriculum, our class was able to set a record for the average board score passing for our step one," Jessica Huber said.
The other area is construction to the preclinical instructional building, a 7.5 million dollar project that will be completed by this fall.
"There will be two large interactive lecture halls,” Ganzel said. “There will be new small group classrooms, increased study space, a new student lounge, [and] stronger technology infrastructure just to support innovations in informational technology.”
U of L will formally submit an action plan to the LCME at its October 2014 meeting and anticipate a follow up visit in the summer of 2015