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.”
The accreditation process gives medical education organizations an opportunity to evaluate, improve and innovate to make their programs stronger and more beneficial to learners. LCME accreditation is recognized as the reliable accreditation authority for MD programs by US 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. LCME accreditation establishes eligibility for selected federal grants and programs, including Title VII funding administered by the Public Health Service.
Students and graduates of LCME-accredited medical schools are eligible to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). These graduates also are eligible to enter residencies approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Graduating from an LCME-accredited US school and passing the national licensing examinations are accepted as prerequisites for medical licensure in most states.
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.
IU School of Medicine began planning for the April 2017 survey visit at the beginning of 2015. Typically, medical schools reserve 18 to 24 months for planning, review and implementation of changes earmarked during the internal review.
Yes. Faculty, staff and students at all nine medical education campuses have an important role in the reaccreditation process.
Yes. IU School of Medicine administration views the accreditation process as a tool for informing curriculum reform.
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