MD Program

Accreditation Team

It takes a village of medical educators and students to plan for the comprehensive LCME review at the IU School of Medicine. Many have volunteered their time and talents; some were recruited; others are in administrative roles involved with curriculum development and graduate medical education. All are dedicated to helping IU School of Medicine excel as an academic institution. This page highlights some of the leaders of the LCME-review process.

Peter Nalin, MD
Dr. Nalin, executive associate dean for educational affairs and associate professor of clinical family medicine, directs the LCME accreditation process.

Colleen O’Brien, JD, MPH
Colleen O’Brien, JD, MPH, director of Continuous Quality Improvement for Education Affairs, leads the LCME executive committee. A clinical assistant professor of health policy and management at the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, Colleen also served as a patient safety and quality advisor to the Indiana Hospital Association. Prior to that, Colleen was a health care researcher at the Roudebush VA Medical Center and Eskenazi Health. She joined IU School of Medicine in December 2014. Previously, O’Brien had been a practicing attorney since 1990. She holds a law degree from IU School of Law, a master’s of public health from IU School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois.

Independent Student Analysis Team

Co-leaders of the LCME Independent Student Analysis Team are Janice L. Farlow, Dessi Moneva and Ben Ulrich.

Janice L. Farlow
Janice Farlow attended high school at Lawrence North (Indianapolis) and completed her undergraduate work as a Herman B Wells Scholar at IU Bloomington. She is a past president of the Medical Student Council and a member of the IU Board of Trustees since 2013. Her dual MD-PhD degrees, which she is on target to complete in 2017, will include a doctorate in medical and molecular genetics. Participating in student government was a natural extension of Janice’s volunteer spirit, which has guided her to be involved in numerous projects including serving as medical chair of the IU Student Outreach Clinic, a free student-run clinic in Indianapolis. 

Dessi Moneva
Dessi Moneva graduated from Homestead High School (Fort Wayne). After completing a Bachelor’s degree in neurobiology at Purdue University, she entered medical school with the goal of specializing in diagnostic radiology. She is a fourth-year medical student and was the 2015 Medical Student Council president. Why student government? “I’ve had a thread of leadership in my extracurricular activities for years, so it just made sense,” Dessi said. “It helps me feel more connected to IU School of Medicine and build my leadership skills in a way that is relevant for my future career. Most importantly, it gives me the opportunity to improve the medical student experience for my classmates and future classes to come. Assisting with the LCME re-accreditation process is just one of many great things that we get to do as student leaders and it is an honor to be involved.” 

Benjamin J. Ulrich
Benjamin Ulrich graduated from Plainfield High School (Plainfield) and completed his undergraduate work at Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Genetic Biology, and Human Health and Disease. He was Co-President in IU School of Medicine’s first student-led Second Year Show this past winter and is a member of the founding Student Engagement Enrichment and Development (SEED) Fund Advisory Committee. He transitioned recently to focus on research in the duel MD-PhD program, which he is on target to complete in 2021. In the Second Year Show he “wanted to help create a greater sense of community at IU — to excite and unite all nine campuses behind a single idea.” Through the LCME re-accreditation, Ben had the opportunity to kindle a similar passion uniting a message from students across all campuses.