USC Medical Program Is Stripped Of National Accreditation Following Sexual Assault Scandal
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education gave no reason for its decision. USC's medical school dean, Dr. Laura Mosqueda, said the decision was based on concerns about "resident safety and wellness processes." The school and county were sued in 2017 by a former resident, alleging she was groped by a fellow in the program and that the incident was never properly investigated. Two other women later came forward with similar assault allegations.
The Associated Press:
USC Medical Program Loses National Accreditation
The University of Southern California is losing national accreditation for a medical training program dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education notified USC and Los Angeles County this week that their joint-run fellowship in cardiovascular disease will be stripped of accreditation next year. The decision is final and would effectively shut down the program, which had 15 slots for a three-year curriculum. (4/26)
Los Angeles Times:
USC Cardiovascular Fellowship To Be Stripped Of National Accreditation
The panel did not publicly state the reasons for the action. But it comes a year after revelations that a medical resident had accused a fellow in the program of sexual assault and alleged officials didn’t take her case seriously. The ACGME also took the rare step of imposing immediate probation on Los Angeles County and USC, which together sponsor more than 60 programs with hundreds of medical residents and fellows, including the troubled cardiovascular disease fellowship. (Hamilton, 4/25)