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As the official accrediting body for medical education programs in the U.S. and Canada leading to the M.D. degree, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) evaluates medical schools about every eight years. The LCME accreditation process provides a valuable opportunity for quality assurance and improvement of our college and our curriculum.

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Dear NEOMED Community,

On Tuesday, July 21, the College of Medicine had the opportunity to meet with the LCME Secretariat, experienced medical educators from the AAMC and the AMA who share formal responsibilities for managing the LCME. Utilizing a virtual format, the LCME Secretariat provided a consultation including feedback and suggestions in response to the submission of our action plans.

For your recollection and to contextualize the process, I provide you with the following timeline:

  • The College had its regularly scheduled LCME site review in March 2019.
  • The College received its accreditation status letter in October 2019.  The letter informed us of continued accreditation with warning based on a number of elements requiring corrective action.
  • The College submitted action plans for each unsatisfactory element in July 2020.
  • The LCME limited site visit is anticipated for February 2021.
  • The LCME Committee will review the findings of the limited site visit at its June 2021 meeting.

 

Upon meeting with several groups of team leads who managed components of our action plans, the Secretariat met with Dr. Langell and I to summarize their review, for which I provide the following takeaways:

  • The action plans provide an “in depth blueprint for solutions” to many root cause issues.
  • An enormous amount of excellent work has been accomplished to date.
  • Can the College successfully “convert paper” plans into operations and sustainability?  Are there sufficient resources to “roll out the plans and sustain them?”

 

At the upcoming LCME limited site visit in February 2021, the LCME will be looking for:

  • Plans that are executed with measurable activities and outcomes;
  • Plans that address concerns, are feasible (including timelines and resources), and are linked to root causes; and,
  • Plans that address “culture” change and adequacy of resources.

 

The consultation was very helpful for the College of Medicine, as the Secretariat provided much insight regarding how we should move forward over the next six months.  Our priorities and goals will be to operationalize action plans, monitor continuous quality improvement, collect data and feedback from faculty, staff, and students, and ensure adequacy of resources to accomplish our goals.

I want to acknowledge and thank all faculty, staff and students who have contributed in every way ― large and small ― to bring us to this point.  There is still enormous work to do, but we are on track for success!

Thank you for your continued support,

Elisabeth H. Young, M.D.
VP for Health Affairs
Dean of the College of Medicine
Professor of Internal Medicine

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Admission, Progress and Academic Support (Standards 10, 11) William M. Chilian, Ph.D.
Curriculum (Standards 6, 7, 8) Ryan Palmer, Ed.D.
Educational Resources (Standard 5) John Boltri, M.D.
Faculty and Assessment (Standards 4, 9) Jeffrey J. Wenstrup, Ph.D. (Vice Chair)
Institution (Standards 1, 2) Brett Schofield, Ph.D.
Medical Student Support Services and Learning Environment  (Standards 3, 12) Rebecca Z. German, Ph.D.

For questions regarding sub-committees or accessing subcommittee documents please contact Allison Hawkes, M.D., director, accreditation at ahawkes@neomed.edu or 330.325.6639.

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