Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Accreditation Site Visit:
February 27-March 2
MCW is in its final preparations for the upcoming LCME accreditation site visit, scheduled for February 27-March 2. The LCME accredits allopathic medical education programs in the United States and Canada and is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Medical Association (AMA).
Accreditation is essential, as it determines MCW’s eligibility for federal grant and loan programs, enhances the ability to recruit qualified faculty, staff, and students, and is required for our medical students and graduates to take USMLE examinations and enter ACGME residency programs. In general, the accreditation process exists to answer three questions:
- Has the program clearly established its mission, goals and institutional learning objectives?
- Are the program’s curriculum and resources organized to meet its mission, goals and objectives?
- What is the evidence that the program is currently achieving its mission, goals and objectives and is likely to continue to meet them in the future?
Preparation for the site visit is an 18-month long process, which began in September 2009 with collection of data for the medical education database sent by the LCME. During the second phase, a 75-member task force was divided into five subcommittees to analyze each area of the LCME accreditation standards: Institutional Setting, Educational Program, Medical Students, Faculty, and Educational Resources. Reports from the subcommittees were synthesized into the Institutional Self-Study Summary Report. Final versions of the 1,600+ page database and 36 page summary report were submitted to the LCME in December 2010.
During the site visit, the survey team will meet with faculty, staff, and student leaders to discuss key elements and experiences within the medical education program. At the end of the site visit, the survey team presents their initial findings in a meeting with the Interim Dean, President, and Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Following the visit, the survey team compiles a report for the LCME. The Dean receives a copy to review for factual errors and may submit a letter to the LCME addressing any concerns regarding the tone or content of the survey report. This report is factual and not editorial in nature. Accreditation determination rests with the LCME itself. LCME members will review the survey report and any necessary supplementary materials during their next meeting, scheduled for June 7-9, 2011. A determination regarding MCW’s accreditation status is made at that time.
In 2003, the Medical College of Wisconsin received full accreditation, allowing an eight year cycle before the next site visit. In the interim, schools are often required to submit status reports to address areas of noncompliance or programs in transition. In some instances, limited, focused site visits are required in the midst of the accreditation cycle or as a condition of renewed accreditation.
Additional information regarding the site visit, including a copy of the Institutional Self-Study Summary Report and Education Program Section of the LCME Database, is available at http://infoscope.mcw.edu/LCME.htm. Detailed information regarding the LCME and accreditation process is available at http://www.lcme.org/.
If you have any questions regarding the LCME site visit, please contact Kerrie Quirk, Medical Education Coordinator for DOM Student Programs, at 805-0530 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Article written by Kerrie Quirk, Medical Education Coordinator II, Medicine