University of Oklahoma LCME Visit 2019



Accreditation Cycle for Medical School Begins

A-Drop-Capccreditation of medical schools in the United States is under the authority of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). The LCME was formed nearly 75 years ago by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association. Attesting to the educational quality of accredited programs is the primary responsibility of the LCME. The LCME develops its accreditation standards through a systematic process of study and debate. These standards are updated periodically and published under the title of Functions and Structure of a Medical School. Maintaining full accreditation of the medical school is of the utmost importance and requires the attention of all department chairs and faculty.

The accreditation process involves an extensive institutional self-study, preparation of a voluminous data collection instrument (DCI) cataloging the program of medical education, and a site visit by a team of professionals selected by the LCME Secretariat. The OU College of Medicine was officially notified in March 2017 that our next full accreditation cycle site visit is slated for January 27-31, 2019. Extensive preparations are underway.

One of the most important tasks is the institutional self-study, under the guidance of a Self-Study Task Force. This task force will hold its first organizational meeting in early-summer, and will be chaired by Chris Candler, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. In the self-study, a medical school brings together representatives of the administration, faculty, student body, and other constituencies to 1) collect and review data regarding the medical school and its program, 2) identify institutional strengths and problem areas, and 3) define strategies to ensure that the strengths are maintained and the problems addressed.

The task force will oversee a series of committees that will be asked to review data and prepare a preliminary report regarding their assigned area. Data will be collected and analyzed for each of the following key areas: 1) Leadership, Planning & Administration; 2) Academic & Learning Environments; 3) Faculty & Resources; 4) Curriculum Objectives, Design, & Evaluation; 5) Curriculum Content &Delivery; 6) Admissions; and 7) Student Issues. A committee of students will also lead and conduct an Independent Student Analysis. It is the job of the task force to synthesize and summarize the work of the committees and to prepare the final summary self-study report that will be submitted to the LCME.

The data collection portion of the accreditation process has already begun and will continue through the summer. This process will involve a large number of administrators, faculty, and students, including both the Oklahoma City and Tulsa campuses. All of the work culminates in the January 2019 visit. Approximately 5-6 months later, university and college officials will be notified of the LCME decision regarding the accreditation. With careful work, full participation and cooperation of those involved, well-written documents, and a successful site visit, we expect continuation of our full accreditation.