Medical School Accreditation
Internal Institutional Review
“While successful reaccreditation is critically important, this is about much more than compliance,” explained IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA. “We are preparing the next generation of healers, who will impact the lives of countless patients and impact the culture of medicine for decades to come. Leading up to and continuing after reaccreditation, the school will build on our insights to ensure that we have uniform excellence in education across all nine campuses and a continuous quality improvement system that ensures year-over-year excellence in the future.”
LCME Reaccreditation Site Visit FAQ
The April site visit is part of IU School of Medicine’s pursuit of reaccreditation, which happens every eight years. The visit is the culmination of a two-year planning process, with surveyors from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) visiting our campuses as part of consideration for reaccreditation.
The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is recognized as the reliable accreditation authority for MD programs by U.S. and Canadian medical schools, their parent universities and the federal government. Accreditation signifies that national standards are met by a medical school’s education program leading to the MD degree.
The surveyors who visited us in April use their findings to prepare a report, which is forwarded to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) who will make that decision.
The LCME group meets later this year, at which point they will make that determination.
It is not the surveyors’ role to make that decision so they do not comment on status as part of their visit.
To respect the role of the LCME group that makes the decision, the surveyors do not indicate a school’s strengths – they only identify opportunities or concerns based on their observations with school leadership during the visit. Some of the areas noted during our visit included Learning Environment; Curricular Content and Management; Teaching, Supervision and Assessment; and Student Support Services.
Our work in preparation for the site visit was grounded in principles of Continuous Quality Improvement. This work will move forward with ongoing enhancements to our education programs. You will receive monthly updates on our progress with this ongoing work and any other status updates as the school is informed.
In 2008, IU School of Medicine was found to be in noncompliance in areas related to its statewide curriculum, timing of receipt of clerkship grades, and faculty diversity. All issues were resolved and, in 2012, the school’s obligation to submit follow-up documentation ended.