Campus expansion proposal on sound footing with accrediting body

In December, the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) will submit its proposal for campus expansion in the Green Bay region to the accrediting authority for educational programs at schools of medicine in the U.S. and Canada, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). MCW seeks to make certain that the MCW Green Bay campus will exceed LCME standards, including demonstration of central authority, comparability of education, infrastructure and student support.

In advance of this proposal, the LCME’s Co-Secretaries conducted a consultative visit of the Green Bay campus Sept. 10-11 at the sites of two MCW partner institutions, St. Norbert College and Bellin College. Barbara Barzansky, PhD, MHPE, Director of Undergraduate Medical Education, American Medical Association-LCME, and Dan Hunt, MD, MBA, Senior Director of Accreditation Services, Association of American Medical Colleges - LCME, reviewed MCW’s preliminary expanded campus application and met on-site with MCW senior leaders, the regional medical education team, and executives of MCW’s Green Bay-area academic and health system partners.

The visit included sessions on facilities; curriculum and interprofessional development; finances and governance; faculty development; and student development, recruitment and admissions. The consultants agreed that MCW is on track to meet LCME standards related to each of these areas.

“The feedback we received from the consultative visit and review of our preliminary campus expansion proposal was overwhelmingly positive,” said Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, Dean of the Medical School and Executive Vice President of MCW. “Drs. Hunt and Barzansky were impressed with the commitment MCW has shown to launch the community-based medical education initiative in response to the statewide need for more physicians in underserved areas.”

The immersive teaching model and innovative, mission-based curriculum planned for the community-based program as well as MCW’s successful efforts to engage community stakeholders and build partnerships from the outset of the project were identified for their merit.

The LCME consultants also offered several suggestions for strengthening the campus expansion proposal, including 1) increasing student scholarships; 2) creating additional residency slots; 3) enhancing faculty development opportunities; and 4) cultivating a culture that will sustain momentum for the long-term and will integrate the regional campuses and the Milwaukee campus to support bi-directional learning and cooperation.

The Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee remains the degree-granting institution for all campuses. The Green Bay campus will be added to MCW’s existing eight-year accreditation, which the LCME granted in 2011. LCME’s input on the campus expansion proposal is designed to ensure that the regional campus is compliant with all standards that MCW will need to meet for LCME accreditation in 2018-19.

LCME Co-Secretary Dan Hunt, MD, MBA, leads a discussion on curricular and interprofessional development during the consultative visit.

MCW community-based medical education team members meet during the LCME consultative visit.

Kenneth B. Simons, MD, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Accreditation and Professor of Ophthalmology and Pathology at MCW, and Executive Director and Designated Institutional Official for Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, speaks with participants in the consultative visit including LCME Co-Secretary Barbara Barzansky, PhD, MHPE.

Regional medical education campus partners and MCW faculty and staff attend a session on curricular and interprofessional development with LCME consultants.


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