IN 2021-2022, BCM will host a site visit team representing the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). As the official accrediting body for medical education programs in the US and Canada leading to the M.D. degree, the LCME evaluates medical schools about every eight years. The LCME accreditation process provides a valuable opportunity for quality assurance and improvement. During these next two years prior to the formal visit, we will conduct a comprehensive review and analysis of our M.D. educational program that will involve many faculty, staff, and students.
Since our last LCME site visit in 2013, we have revised our educational programs and significantly enhanced our learning environments.
LCME Kick-Off with Barbara Barzansky
Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 Noon - 1 p.m. Kleberg Auditorium
Barbara Barzansky, Ph.D., MHPE, LCME Co-Secretary and Director of Undergraduate Medical Education of the American Medical Association will be presenting an overview of the LCME self-study process. All members of the college are invited to this presentation to learn about the purpose of accreditation, the steps prior to and during a full LCME accreditation survey, and the trends in and causes of LCME “severe” accreditation actions.
The Following Leadership Team will oversee our accreditation preparations.
Faculty Accreditation Lead: Jennifer Christner, M.D., Dean, School of Medicine
Site Visit Coordinator: Ricky Mercado, M.P.H., Director, Accreditation, Compliance and CQI
LCME Preparation Staff: Elizabeth De Los Rios, M.Ed., Accreditation Project Manager; Jamie Smith, BA,
Questions? Please contact our LCME Leadership Team or at SOM-LCME@bcm.edu.
Four Phases of LCME Accreditation
Phase I: Assembly of Document Collection Instrument (DCI) “database” of facts and figures related to the educational program leading to the M.D. degree
Phase II: Institutional self-study by a Task Force and Subcommittees: Faculty, Administration, and students will form subcommittees to review, analyze and critique the DCI. Students from across the continuum of medical training will convene a subcommittee to create a survey tool, administer the survey to their colleagues, analyze the finding and submit a report to the Task Force.
Phase III: The Task Force will produce an Executive Report based on institutional strengths and weaknesses as reported by the Task Force and Independent Student Analysis.
Phase IV: A site visit by an ad hoc survey team of the LCME will take place AY 21-22.
January 2020: First meeting of subcommittees, review of DCI (data collection instrument) and identifying areas of concern
Feb. 7, 2020: College-wide Kick Off Event, 12:00 PM, Kleberg Auditorium
March 1-3, 2021: Mock site visit
Summer 2021: Self-study package submitted
Sept. 26-29, 2021: Liaison Committee on Medical Education site visit
2022: Accreditation decision received