Medical College to Begin Accreditation Process
Published August 2010
Preparations are under way for the College of Medicine’s 2011 accreditation review.
"We are down to 60 weeks remaining, and there are 60 weeks’ worth of work to do,” says James Boex, PhD, of the department of medical education.
Boex, a professor of both medical education and health care administration, has been charged with overseeing the accreditation process, which includes the submission of a 133-point self-study report and a site visit Oct. 16-19, 2011, by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
The LCME is recognized as the only reliable accreditation authority for MD programs by the U.S. Department of Education, the nation’s medical schools and their parent universities.
Members of the LCME are medical educators and administrators, practicing physicians, public members and medical students.
The accreditation review takes place every eight years. The self-study report, Boex explains, covers the full range of the school’s existence—everything from the curriculum to assistance in helping students find financial aid—and is presented to the LCME about three months before the site visit.
This gives the committee members time to read the materials and make assessments.
"If I were to stack up the paper it would probably be 2-feet high. It’s a tremendously comprehensive course of data,” he says.
The self-study data will be collected by five work groups comprising administration, faculty and students who are appointed by the dean.
The site visit that follows is to address the self-study and identify the college’s strengths and weaknesses.
The goal, however, is to have few weaknesses and secure accreditation.
"Accreditation is about as big a deal as it gets for a medical college,” says Boex, adding that the process cannot be accomplished by one or two people, but requires the dedicated and timely efforts of many from across the entire college.