SOM Preparing for Final LCME Accreditation Visit

Liaison Committee on Medical Education will visit on February 5-8, 2017

Cathy Crotts

Cathy Crotts, director of curriculum management and accreditation. Photo by Ross French

The final steps toward the UC Riverside School of Medicine receiving full accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) are already underway, with the site visit set for February 5-8, 2017.

The school received its preliminary accreditation in 2012 allowing it to welcome the first class of medical students in 2013. Provisional accreditation was received in 2015, setting the stage for the final accreditation visit.

While the end may be in sight, there is a great deal of work to be done in the months leading up to the campus visit. Before then, the school must submit the LCME Data Collection Instrument (DCI) and supporting documentation including a curriculum inventory, an independent student analysis (ISA), and a self-study summary.

“We could not complete a project of this scope and complexity without the insight, expertise and countless hours of effort from the faculty, staff and students who serve on our LCME subcommittee panels,” said Senior Associate Dean for Education Dr. Paul Lyons, who is the faculty accreditation lead and co-chair of the LCME Self-Study Task Force.

Joining Lyons as co-chairs are Interim Dean and former Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs Neal L. Schiller and Dr. Andrew G. Alexander, director of clinical education.

“In addition to the task force, there are five subcommittees made up of faculty, staff and students that have already begun addressing the school’s commitment to the 12 standards of LCME accreditation,” said Cathy Crotts, who in January was named the new director of curriculum management and accreditation. “Our medical students also have the opportunity to contribute through the student analysis, which has been underway since last November and is scheduled to be completed by mid-March.”

After the first drafts of the DCI and the ISA are submitted in the spring, the months of May through August will be spent writing and editing the documents. Final edits will take place in September before they are officially submitted in October.

“The provisional accreditation document we submitted in 2014 was more than 2,200 pages, with 1,454 pages of appendices,” Crotts said. “This one will be even larger.”

Following the submission, the school will prepare for the LCME site visit in February. A mock site visit on January 9-11, 2017 will serve as a practice run in preparation for the official visit. If all goes as planned, the LCME will announce its decision in June 2017, just prior to the graduation of the inaugural class of medical students.

And while Crotts and company will be able to take a well-earned deep breath, they won’t have much time to rest. While the accrediting process takes place on an eight-year cycle, the clock for newly-accredited schools like the UCR School of Medicine, begins in the year the program receives preliminary accreditation, which means that the process will begin again for an LCME visit in 2020.

The LCME is the accrediting authority for medical education programs in the United States and Canada and is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Medical Association (AMA). The accreditation process certifies that a school’s medical education program meets prescribed standards through a process of self-evaluation and external evaluation.

More information on the LCME Accreditation, including information for members of the committee and sub-committees can be found on the School of Medicine intranet site at https://medschoolintranet.ucr.edu/lcme/

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