Every seven years, we welcome the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the official accrediting body for all United States and Canadian medical schools. The accreditation process allows us to review our progress and accomplishments, and to evaluate our strengths and challenges.
This particular visit provides a unique opportunity to showcase our transformation to the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH), a new integrated approach that addresses the evolving health and health care needs of Wisconsin, and serves as a "revolutionary model that unites public health and medicine."
In January 2009, we created five self-study subcommittees and began the preparation of our self-study databases. The composition of our five subcommittees includes basic and clinical science faculty, medical students, staff, alumni and administrators from UWSMPH, UW Hospital and Clinics, UW Medical Foundation and UW-Madison.
Over the past three months, the subcommittees have gathered, analyzed and highlighted our strengths and challenges. They have also made recommendations for addressing problematic areas where there could be noncompliance with accreditation standards. As required by the LCME, a separate UWSMPH Student Subcommittee, composed only of medical students, created and distributed a questionnaire, and analyzed and presented their findings in a separate report.
The UWSMPH Steering Committee is synthesizing the subcommittee reports into a comprehensive assessment that addresses the questions in the Self-Study Guide and focuses on noteworthy accomplishments and challenges. From these analyses, a final summary report will be written and submitted with other requested information to the LCME.
Finally, an LCME team will meet with faculty, students, chairs, course directors and administrators at the official site visit on November 15-18 to review and discuss further the institutional self-study. After the visit, the LCME will determine the status of the UWSMPH accreditation.
The work of the self-study teams has been an open and thoughtful exchange of ideas. It is also an opportunity to evaluate and reconfirm our core values in teaching, research and patient care, and to assess our progress. We are deeply indebted to Dr. Patrick McBride for chairing the process, and to the numerous individuals who have contributed significantly to the self-study and the entire accreditation effort.
Robert N. Golden, MD
Robert Turell Professor in Medical Leadership
Dean, UW School of Medicine and Public Health
Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs