Ross and Wyoming. National Conspiracy?May 6 2000 at 4:09 PM
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Ross University Delays Opening: Cites "National Conspiracy"
Classes at the proposed Casper campus of Ross University will not begin in September as originally indicated, according to school officials. However, they continue to express hope that the medical school can open by next year.
In recent newspaper accounts, Ross representatives have voiced concerns over national medical licensing requirements, and allege that organized medicine groups are part of a "national conspiracy" to jeopardize the ability of Casper campus graduates to become licensed to practice. They assert that those groups are attempting to keep the medical school from coming to Casper. Ross officials have also sought assistance from Wyoming’s Congressional delegation, and are urging supporters of the school to write letters to Sens. Thomas and Enzi and Rep. Cubin.
However, there is no national conspiracy to prevent the Ross medical school from opening in Casper. In reality, the "national conspiracy" to which Ross officials refer is nothing more than an on-going discussion of the current process for accreditation and licensure.
The real issue being pondered by national medical groups, including the LCME and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), is based upon a genuine question: How should a branch of a foreign medical school located in the U.S. be classified by the institutions responsible for accrediting U.S. medical schools and licensing medical school graduates? There is no clear-cut answer, because such a school has not existed up to this point.
Currently, the LCME and FSMB recognize only two types of medical schools: domestic and foreign. Students graduating from a foreign medical school located in the U.S., with clinical training obtained in other U.S. sites, most likely will not meet the definition of "foreign medical graduates". Those students, under current accepted procedures, would then be licensed under the guidelines for "domestic" medical school graduates. Most, if not all, states require that "domestic" candidates for licensure must have graduated from an U.S.-accredited medical school in order to obtain a license to practice within the state.
The Society will continue to monitor this discussion closely. In recent weeks, the Society has been in contact with our Congressional delegation, providing information about the accreditation process and the importance of such standards to ensure quality medical education programs. In addition, WMS leaders have had ongoing discussions about this situation with the AMA Board of Trustees. The AMA Board will consider the WMS resolution regarding non-U.S. accredited medical schools at their April Board meeting. (For more information about the resolution, please see January Current Issues.) The WMS will continue to provide updates on this subject as information becomes available.
|May 7 2000, 5:04 AM |
There needs to be a ban on all soft money. presidential candidates are not the only ones who benefit, so does CONGRESS.
I can assure you that Ross gave alot more than soft money.
|May 7 2000, 3:19 PM |
Your tuition dollars went to a lot of people and not just from Wyoming.
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