All institutes of higher education undergo a regular process for accreditation and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is the accreditation body for medical schools. Their overall aim is to certify that medical schools meet specific standards as well as promote institutional self-evaluation and improvement. Following our successful review in 2008, our medical school is scheduled to undergo its re-accreditation November 6-9, 2016.
While a great deal of preparation is needed to assemble and develop reports, an accreditation visit is more than just a review of a series of documents. The site reviewers will also gather information through formal and informal meetings with medical school and healthcare administrators, faculty, staff, graduates, students, and other healthcare providers. It truly is a 360 degree review of our medical school and Health Sciences Campus learning environment.
In order to facilitate this process, a group of subcommittees, chaired by a cross section of our campus leaders, are beginning a self-study of our school. This process began in December 2015 and will be completed by the end of February 2016. Another committee, Independent Student Analysis (ISA), solely comprised of medical students will prepare their own focused report. These reports will be summarized for our LCME site reviewers, but will serve another purpose. They will help us to further operationalize our existing SSOM strategic plan, helping us maintain our strengths, and promoting strategies to address any area needing improvement.
The learning environment on this campus has allowed us to fulfill our missions of education, research, and patient care as we now focus on healthcare disparities. We know an accreditation visit is time intensive, so please accept our sincere thanks to everyone on our health sciences/health care campus for their participation in this critical activity.
Linda Brubaker, MD, MS
Dean and Chief Diversity Officer