U-M Medical School receives full 8-year reaccreditation of M.D. degree from LCME

March 30, 2021  //  FOUND IN: News

The U-M Medical School has received full 8-year reaccreditation of its M.D. degree from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

Countless faculty, staff and learners led an almost three-year journey of self-discovery and quality improvement. This includes medical students, who were very active in the M.D. reaccreditation process and created an independent student assessment that is proving valuable to planning for the future. The LCME survey visit team provided a thoughtful critique of our M.D. program, and also was flexible in working with teams during the COVID-19 pandemic when the planned site visit changed from on-campus meetings to virtual gatherings.

The LCME did issue a few citations in areas that need improvement, but leadership is actively addressing them in an effort to improve the medical student experience. The number of citations was better than the national average for peer medical schools; that being said, leadership takes this feedback very seriously and are using it to continue to improve as a school.

Overall, medical school leadership is pleased with the result, especially in light of the major curriculum transformation that occurred over the past few years. Large-scale institutional change is necessary and difficult.

The findings highlight so many areas in which changes were successful, and a few places where we can continue to improve, including: ensuring communication of learning environment policies; continuing improvements in interprofessional education; ongoing work in ensuring clinical students receive actionable and useful feedback in the clinical setting; continuing our review of our grading policies; and ensuring that all residents are prepared for their roles as teachers, among others.  

The entire reaccreditation process has been an academic community-wide effort led by fabulous teams working with outstanding people and groups across the medical school and health system, all committed to our mission to make our great school even better.