Action plan fully accepted by LCME

March 7, 2013

School of Medicine leaders, faculty and staff created plan to address identified areas of noncompliance in the undergraduate medical education program 

The School of Medicine’s action plan to address the areas of noncompliance identified in the January 2012 site visit of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) has been fully accepted. The plan was submitted in December 2012 and Dean Mark Richardson was informed of the approval following the LCME’s February 2013 meeting. The LCME is the accrediting agency for U.S. and Canadian undergraduate medical education (UME) programs.

“This necessary and noteworthy step assures us that our actions are appropriately targeted to address self-identified challenges in the undergraduate medical education program,” said Dean Richardson. “I’d like to thank the countless faculty and staff members who have been working together on the LCME action plan, and in particular, Senior Associate Dean for Education, George Mejicano, and Director for LCME Accreditation, Jennifer Boyd, for their leadership of this process.”

The School of Medicine UME program’s accreditation site visit and review by the LCME in January 2012 was the school’s first full-scale review since 2004. As announced previously, the LCME identified six accreditation standards that are in noncompliance, and four areas that are in compliance, with a need for monitoring. The school submitted an action plan to make improvements in the identified areas.

Two of the areas – diversity and medical student indebtedness – were concerns identified in the 2004 site visit and represent challenges that the school has been actively trying to rectify for some time. In the self-study portion of the LCME review, the school recognized that “lowering the level of medical school indebtedness” and “increasing diversity within the school” continue to be areas for improvement. The action plan describes specific steps being taken at OHSU and within the School of Medicine to address these issues, such as increasing the availability of student grants-in-aid by identifying any and all funding sources.

“The School of Medicine is committed to a process of continuous quality improvement across all of our educational programs, and this outcome demonstrates that commitment,” said Dean Richardson.

The school will continue to share information about this topic, including the LCME-focused survey that will take place sometime within the next 12 months.