The Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME) is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the accrediting agency for medical education programs leading to the MD degree. Accreditation by LCME sends an important signal to the outside world, affirming that programs meet or exceed the framework established by LCME for excellence in the structure and operation of high quality medical education institutions.
“Accreditation also confers eligibility for certain federal grants and programs and indicates that programs have undergone rigorous review and measured up to recognized operational and performance standards,” says Dr. Elizabeth Petty, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and faculty accreditation lead.
All U.S. medical schools participate in an LCME accreditation review at least every eight years to demonstrate that they continue to meet peer-reviewed standards. This year, SMPH embarks on a rigorous institutional self-study that will culminate in a formal LCME accreditation site visit in April 2018.
“The self-study gives us an opportunity for deep self-reflection and emphasis on continuous quality improvement and also for looking ahead to where we want to be in the next few years,” says Deborah Biggs, Senior Associate Dean and Chief Operating Officer and administrative co-lead with Dr. Petty.
The self-study will formally kick off on September 16, 2016, when SMPH hosts LCME Co-Secretaries, Barbara Barzansky, PhD, MHPE, and Veronica Catanese, MD, MBA. A highlight of the day will be a live/virtual town hall meeting open to all faculty, residents, staff and students in which LCME leaders will discuss the mission and vision of LCME and answer questions from participants. Event details are:
LCME Town Hall Meeting
During the remainder of the day, Drs. Barzansky and Catanese will meet with SMPH administrative leaders, task force members charged with leading the self-study, and newly formed LCME subcommittees.
The purpose of institutional self-study is to assess and thoroughly document how SMPH is fulfilling LCME standards and to identify additional opportunities for continuous quality improvement. LCME provides a Data Collection Instrument (DCI) that will be used by the self-study teams to guide the process. Hundreds of faculty, residents, staff and students will participate in gathering information for a comprehensive self-study report that will be submitted to LCME in December 2017. SMPH students will conduct an independent survey this year, the results of which will also be submitted to school leaders and LCME.
The SMPH LCME leadership team has allocated resources to support the self-study. Louisa Zelm, MBA, LCME Coordinator and Quality Improvement Manager, leads a team focused on quality improvement to assist faculty, students and staff. This website serves as the primary source for information and resources. Use the Contact Us link on that page to submit questions. Bookmark the LCME website home page for quick access to accreditation information.