Harvard Medical School embraces a long tradition of excellence in education, research and patient care. A critical step in sustaining the success of the School and its affiliates is obtaining accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the national accrediting body for MD degree programs. HMS last received full accreditation status in 2011, and the upcoming accreditation review is scheduled for March 24-27, 2019, when there will be a formal LCME site visit.
As part of the accreditation process, LCME asks institutions to commit to a culture of continuous quality improvement (CQI), to monitor compliance with LCME standards on an ongoing basis and to perform a formal self-evaluation of their medical education program and the academic environment in which students learn. HMS has launched several key initiatives as part of our long-standing commitment to quality improvement, and we have appointed a committee of faculty, staff and students to both oversee LCME compliance and further support CQI efforts.
We have embarked on an 18-month self-study in preparation for the March 2019 site visit. This includes extensive data collection, self-evaluation and analysis. To support these efforts, we have formed an institutional self-study task force comprising faculty, students and staff. I am co-chairing the steering committee with Edward Hundert, HMS dean for medical education and our designated faculty accreditation lead. In addition, five subcommittees have been convened to evaluate a broad range of issues, including the School’s institutional setting, learning environment, commitment to diversity, faculty policies and development programs, resources, curriculum content and management, and student-related policies and services.
In parallel to this self-study process, a group of MD students will be performing an independent analysis of student satisfaction. The results of this analysis will be used by the task force to further strengthen the program.
LCME accreditation is an opportunity to engage the entire HMS community in a holistic review of the medical school, to recognize our progress, and to identify opportunities for growth and development. We have dedicated this website to keep you apprised of our activities and to provide a place where you can share your thoughts. I look to your partnership and ideas to ensure that HMS will continue to serve as an unparalleled learning environment.
George Q. Daley
Dean, Harvard Medical School