LCME 2021 Accreditation
Since October of 2019, faculty, students and staff of the Larner College of Medicine have been engaged in preparation for our once-every-eight-year reaccreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Accreditation is a vital process for any medical school, and an extremely valuable one: its preparation draws an institution into a complex and thorough examination of every aspect of the fulfillment its educational mission. This work enables us to continue to evolve and improve.
Our preparation for the LCME site visit is led by our Self-Study Task Force -- comprising, among others, all our department chairs -- with the task of overseeing the examination of our medical education work. That group's effort resulted in the formation of 12 subcommittees, one for each of the standards subject to examination by the LCME. Over the past months, more than 300 people from across our Larner community have volunteered in the process of evaluating our strengths and challenges, and recommending new approaches where necessary.
Nobody foresaw the COVID-19 pandemic or other challenging events of 2020. Despite all that has occurred, I’m proud of the way our entire LCOM community has responded, and maintained our focus on the LCME process.
The year 2021 sees us on the "home stretch" of this effort, with a "mock site visit" January 19--20 to help us further hone the presentation of our work, and the official LCME Site Visit, taking place April 11--14. Both events, due to pandemic precautions, held remotely via Zoom.
Each one of the faculty, staff, trainees and medical students who have been part of this process deserve our appreciation. I want to especially thank our Faculty Accreditation Lead, Dr. Jan Carney, and our Site Visit Coordinator, Eric Gagnon, for their exceptional leadership in this process. They have worked closely with Dr. Christa Zehle, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, and the entire team to help our College prepare for this reaccreditation, and to continue to deliver to our students a medical education that is second to none.
Richard L. Page, M.D.