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The MU School of Medicine's launch of the reaccreditation process from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) begins with a reception held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Acuff Gallery. The process determines whether MU's education program meets established standards by LCME and promotes improvements in the program.

MU School of Medicine Launches LCME Re-accreditation Process

Reception kicks off process of accessing medical education program

The MU School of Medicine’s reaccreditation site visit from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) isn’t until January 2016, but preparations are beginning with a launch reception held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Acuff Gallery.

The reception will kick off a yearlong process that allows MU’s medical school to highlight significant accomplishments and identify opportunities for continuous improvement in its training of physicians.

Linda Headrick

“We have considerable institutional strengths in educating medical students to deliver effective patient-centered care, improve quality and safety practices, and work with interprofessional teams. This places MU in a position to successfully maintain LCME accreditation,” said Linda Headrick, MD, senior associate dean for education at MU’s medical school. “A real value in this process is the opportunity to enhance educational experiences that allow our medical students to grow into the well-rounded physicians we want them to become.”

Education programs leading to a medical degree in the United States and Canada are accredited by LCME. The accreditation is a voluntary, peer-review process of quality assurance that determines whether the program meets established standards by LCME and promotes improvements in the educational program. MU previously achieved the maximum eight-year accreditation in January 2008.

Throughout the process, institutions are required to exhibit to LCME site visitors that graduates display professional competencies appropriate for entry to the next stage of their education, and that the education program serves as a foundation for lifelong learning and proficient medical care.

An important aspect of the process is a three-part self study consisting of a data collection instrument supporting the school’s compliance with LCME standards; independent student analysis involving the entire student body to gain student’s views of the education program, student services and the learning environment; and a self-study summary report. The independent student analysis has already been completed, and all three parts must be completed by October 2015 in preparation of the January 2016 site visit.

LCME is jointly sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association (AMA).

Posted Feb. 17, 2015

MU Health Magazine


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