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King College medical school begins accreditation process

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The proposed King School of Medicine & Health Sciences Center has reached “applicant school” status with the accrediting body for medical education programs in North America.

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) notified King College that the School of Medicine has met initial eligibility requirements. King College wants to open a medical school in Abingdon with an average class of 65 to 70 students. The school’s mission would be to train medical school students who want to work in non-urban areas.

“This means the path is cleared for us to work through the steps toward full accreditation,” said William G. Adams, chairman of the King School of Medicine Inc. Board of Trustees.

There are five steps to achieve accreditation.  The school recently formed a Virginia corporation to guide development of the School of Medicine.

Recently, the school has also formed a separate governing body for the proposed medical school.

The school received a $25 million grant in September 2011.

“We continue to work on clinical partnerships and have several letters of support from various providers,” Tariq Zaidi, operational liaison and trustee for the King School of Medicine Inc., said in a statement.

The entity has applied for 501c(3) status to become a nonprofit organization and has begun working relationships with the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center and Virginia Highlands Community College.

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