College of Medicine, Accreditation Self-study M.D. degree program 2011-2013

Accreditation is a process of quality assurance in postsecondary education that determines whether a program meets established standards for structure and performance. Medical education programs are accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Accreditation is important because it establishes students’ eligibility for selected federal grants and programs, as well as their eligibility to take the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE). Graduates of LCME-accredited schools are eligible for residency programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Commitment to Excellence in Medical Education Presentation Series

As the LCME site visit to review the accreditation of our M.D. degree program approaches, a series of informational sessions has been planned for all faculty. These sessions will focus on the various documents submitted to the LCME describing numerous aspects of the educational program and student services as well as the larger institution and resources.  

To see the schedule of sessions click here.

The LCME Accreditation Standards

Section 1: Institutional Setting (IS) Standards
Issues addressed include institutional accreditation, bylaws, governing board policies, authority of chief official, interaction with other professional programs, research opportunities, service learning, diversity policy

Section 2: Medical Education (ED) Standards
Issues addressed include program objectives, oversight for clinical education, calendar, required content, cultural competence, ethics/professionalism, preparation of residents, evaluation of learning, curriculum management, instructional sites, standards for promotion

Section 3: Medical Students (MS) Standards
Issues include admission requirements, selection process, visiting and transfer students, academic and career counseling, financial aid, health services and personal counseling, learning environment, promotion policies

Section 4: Faculty (FA) Standards
Issues include faculty qualifications, preparation for teaching, personnel policies, faculty governance of educational program

Section 5: Educational Resources (ER) Standards
Issues include finances, facilities, clinical teaching facilities, information resources and libraries


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Self Study Steering Committee

The LCME Self Study Steering Committee is responsible for the oversight of the self study process. Learn more

  • Workgroups for each set of standards established, faculty invited to participate

    July 2011

  • LCME Self-study preparation meeting with Barbara Barzansky, Ph.D., M.H.P.E., LCME Secretary
    Presentation Power Point

    August 24, 2011

  • Self-study workgroups begin to meet and complete the LCME database

    September 2011

  • Self-study steering committee meeting

    September 26,2011

  • Self-study workgroups for each set of standards continue to meet and complete the database

    October 2011 through February 2012

  • Self-study steering committee meeting

    October 24, 2011

  • Self-study steering committee meeting

    November 14, 2011

  • College of Medicine Faculty Meeting: Presentation of an overview of the accreditation process

    November 21, 2011

  • Student informational sessions held

    December 5th & December 8th 2011

  • Self-study steering committee meeting

    December 13, 2011

  • Student Independent Survey opens

    January 3, 2012

  • College of Medicine Faculty Meeting: Update on self-study process

    February 20, 2012

  • Student Independent Survey closes

    February 21, 2012

  • Self-study steering committee meeting

    February 23, 2012

  • Workgroups complete the database and begin to write self-study analysis

    March 2012

  • Self-study steering committee meeting

    March 22, 2012


Last Updated: 6/26/15