Efforts Continue Toward Preparation for LCME Site Visit
The visit, February 26–March 1, will be the culmination of many hours of hard work, lengthy discussions and diligent planning; each of which have built a strong foundation for the upcoming visit, and none of which should go without recognition. This visit marks a significant milestone in our College's history.
A significant step for our campus was the LCME “mock visit” held on January 17 and 18, 2017. We had four prestigious and experienced professionals conduct the review: Kevin Dorsey, MD, dean for 14 years at Southern Illinois University, John F. Mahoney, MD, associate dean of medical education, University of Pittsburgh, along with two consultants from Price Waterhouse Coopers. This team read all of our documents and met with many representatives of the College, utilizing the schedule and decorum that the actual site visitors will follow.
Each day, they shared specific suggestions regarding individual topics and prepared a written summary to help us fine-tune our final steps.
Overall, it was an incredibly productive experience for all involved. The reviewers provided critical insights into what the LCME expects during the site visit, as well as specific suggestions on what we could improve upon. Most importantly, they boosted our confidence by noting our many strengths, offered responses to prior concerns and highlighted the incredible culture and commitment that they witnessed during their visit.
The groups who will be representing aspects of our College during the LCME visit will be completing additional sessions in the next month to further prepare, and we will continue to keep you informed about that process through the LCME STAT.
One note: Medical schools seeking accreditation more often than not receive citations, which are designed to identify areas for improvement and targeted growth. Though seemingly discouraging, citations allow colleges to continue to refine each and every aspect of their academic portfolio.
Seeking full accreditation as a medical school is an effort that truly takes a village. After years of preparation, we are only weeks away. You have all contributed in a meaningful way, and for that, the leadership team of the college is incredibly grateful.
Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix