Accreditation is widely used in higher education to evaluate the quality of educational programs. It serves the important purpose of assuring the public, government agencies, and professional groups that educational programs meet or exceed nationally accepted standards.

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) is currently in the process of LCME re-accreditation, and students play a very prominent role in this process. It is an exciting time to be a medical student!

Students from every class at UWSMPH are actively involved in the LCME accreditation process. In parallel to our school’s institutional self-study process, our role is largely encompassed in the independent student analysis (ISA) survey and report. The ISA survey evaluates the program’s strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement based upon student opinion and is culminated in a formal report. The ISA is a critical element of the accreditation process. As a result, we need every single medical student to participate in the ISA Survey, which will be the basis for our Independent Student Analysis.

You may ask why this matters or how your one response will create change in such a big school. Each and every medical student creates change by sharing opinions and helping the medical school decide where continuous quality improvement efforts would be best directed. In fact, the changes will affect the experience of all future medical students.

Here are a few examples of our school’s strengths and areas of improvement from some of our classmates:

ISA Timeline and Incentives


  • Feb. 13: pizza party


  • Feb. 10: food and donation to class fund


  • Core Day, Feb. 17: food and donation to class fund


  • Feb. 8: gift card or designated donation

So go ahead and Leave Your Mark. Help us tell our story and show the LCME why UWSMPH is a great medical school!