Accrediting Group Puts Baylor College Of Medicine On Probation

Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. (BCM photo/file)

HOUSTON (June 28, 2014) The Liaison Committee on Medical Education, an accrediting group, has placed the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston on probation, citing more than a dozen areas of concern.

The probation is based on deficiencies involving administrative processes and procedures, not instruction.

Baylor is still fully accredited and improvements have already been made, the president of the Baylor medical complex, Dr. Paul Klotman, said.

Klotman said the findings do not represent Baylor or the quality education provided by the institution, which could be taken off probation by early 2016.

Baylor did not provide enough of the kind of documentation the committee sought to address certain standards, such as a need for better policies involving admissions committee conflicts of interest, Klotman said.

The medical school, which originally opened its doors at the University of Dallas Medical Department in 1900, affiliated with Baylor in 1903 and became the Baylor University College of Medicine.

By 1918 it was the only private medical school in the state.

It moved to Houston to join the newly created Texas Medical Center in 1943 at the invitation of the M.D. Anderson Foundation and four years later moved into the Roy and Lillie Cullen Building, which it occupies today.

Baylor and the medical school agreed to end their affiliation in 1969, which opened the door for access to more federal research funding.

The school has been known since the Baylor College of Medicine.

In 2010, the possibility of a strengthened affiliation between the university and the medical school surfaced, but the Baylor College of Medicine Board of Trustees voted unanimously to continue as “an independent, autonomous institution.