Weighing in at 17.5 pounds, LCME Accreditation Self-Study tells our story

December 01, 2011
LCMEAt the beginning of November, the OHSU School of Medicine (SoM) self-study team mailed the SoM self-study report to each of the five members of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accreditation survey team assigned to OHSU, as well as the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Completing and submitting the LCME accreditation self-study was a major step in preparation for the LCME survey team’s accreditation visit to OHSU on Jan. 22-25, 2012. Our submission included the Medical Student LCME Accreditation Self-Study and appended materials, undergraduate medical education (UME) course and clerkship forms, the LCME database with our responses to the 129 accreditation standards, and the self-study narrative summary. Together, these documents weighed in at 17.5 pounds of information about the School of Medicine.
During the upcoming January site visit, the survey team will review compliance with each accreditation standard; meet with students, SoM faculty and administrators, and Dean Mark Richardson; and assess the learning environment for medical student education. The survey team will have reviewed all the information we provided and be knowledgeable about our self-study process, the undergraduate medical education program and the School of Medicine.

Preparation for the survey team visit involves a myriad of details, from reserving hotel rooms to scheduling meetings with department chairs. Perhaps the best way we can prepare to highlight our many strengths as a medical school—including our students, faculty, staff and programs—is to make sure we share an understanding of the UME program and its mission. Reviewing the self-study narrative summary is a great way to come to a collective understanding of the MD program.

The self-study narrative provides an overview of the UME program’s evolution and growth since the 2004 LCME accreditation review. It tells the story of our self-study process and action steps taken to address the concerns raised in the 2004 LCME accreditation review. The narrative is organized into the five sections of the LCME database: institutional setting, education program for the MD degree, medical students, faculty and educational resources. It also includes a summary of strengths of the UME program, areas identified for continued improvement, and recommendations stemming from the self-study process. The self-study summary is available at the LCME internal website (login required) on the School of Medicine faculty page.