It is critical that we take steps now to plan and prepare for a 2017 site visit by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), which accredits medical schools in the U.S. and Canada, and sets high standards for the quality of educational programming at those schools. LCME review preparations are comprehensive and will require a sustained and focused effort over the next 18 months. Eleven committees have been formed – one for each standard evaluated by the LCME – and there are now 125 members of faculty, students and staff who have agreed to devote time and energy to this effort. Senior Associate Dean Education Robert Anderson, MD is leading us through the process as our designated Faculty Accreditation Lead, and an LCME task force will provide oversight.
Medical students will be organizing an Independent Student Analysis (ISA). Student engagement is a key cornerstone of LCME review. The ISA will independently review LCME compliance from students’ perspectives, and make recommendations for improvement that LCME Committees will need to address in our self study review.
All LCME related efforts should address issues that come up before the LCME visit. A formal institutional kick-off of our self-study period is slated for September 2, 2015. I expect to remind you frequently about this effort. Our success in the accreditation process is essential for recruitment of top students and faculty, for research funding and for ongoing philanthropic support.
As many of you have read in the news, there are recent examples of peer institutions going on probation. CUSOM can learn from their experiences, as well as our own history of prior LCME citations. The University of Colorado will need to seriously focus efforts to address any compliance gaps identified in the self study. When you are asked to assist in the effort, I urge you to get involved.
Thank you for your current and future efforts.
John J. Reilly, Jr., MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and
Dean, School of Medicine