Obtaining LCME accreditation ensures that medical education programs are in compliance with defined standards. The accreditation process has two general and related aims: to promote institutional self-evaluation and improvement and to determine whether a medical education program meets prescribed standards.

The institutional self-study process and the resulting findings are central to these aims. In the process of conducting its self-study, a medical school brings together representatives of the administration, faculty, student body, and other constituencies to: (1) collect and review data about the medical school and its educational program, (2) identify both institutional strengths and challenges that require attention, and (3) define strategies to ensure that the strengths are maintained and any problems are addressed effectively.

Self-Study Process

The institutional self-study (ISS) is an evaluative review period during which the Medical School analyzes the data findings presented by key faculty and staff from academic and administrative departments that contribute to and support the medical education program. A steering committee and five subcommittees dedicated to the five major LCME categories (institutional setting, faculty, resources, curriculum, and students) will convene during the academic year 2017-2018 to critically evaluate the Medical School.

ISS Steering Committee

Chaired by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, the ISS Steering Committee is the formal oversight body for the institutional self-study that will review analytical reports drafted by the ISS Subcommittees and produce the final report the Medical School will submit to the LCME in December 2018. A crucial goal of the Steering Committee’s evaluation will be the identification of continuous quality improvement measures and monitoring processes.

ISS Subcommittees

The Institutional Governance and Learning Environment Subcommittee will review standards and elements focused on the Medical School’s strategic vision, its monitoring systems and quality improvement mechanisms, governance structure, diversity and pipeline programs, and the overall learning environment.

The Faculty Subcommittee will review faculty affairs at Harvard Medical School, including the sufficiency of faculty, faculty policy and governance matters, and faculty development opportunities.

The Resources Subcommittee will assess institutional resources that support the MD program and the learning environment for medical education. Specifically, the subcommittee will review data on school finances, educational and clinical facilities, IT support, library facilities, and issues around safety and security.

The Medical Education Program/Curriculum Subcommittee will review topics related to educational competencies and learning objectives; the design, content, management and oversight of the curriculum; educational policies; students’ academic workload and duty hours; and assessment protocols.

The Medical Student Experience Subcommittee will review and analyze data related to the admissions process; student progress and promotion; academic, career and personal advising and wellness; health, wellness and safety needs; and management of student records.

George Daley, MD, PhD
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine,
Harvard Medical School
Katie Maurer, MD, PhD
Clinical Fellow in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Ed Hundert, MD
Daniel D. Federman, M.D. Professor in Residence of Global Health & Social Medicine & Medical Education,
Dean for Medical Education,
Harvard Medical School
Lisa Muto, PhD
Executive Dean for Administration,
Harvard Medical School
Peter Amenta, MD, PhD
President and CEO, 
Joslin Diabetes Center
Jane Neill, BA
Associate Dean for Medical Education Planning and Administration (Program in Medical Education), Harvard Medical School
Anne Becker, MD, PhD
(Chair, Resources Subcommittee)
Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of
Global Health and Social Medicine,
Harvard Medical School
Katherine O’Donnell, MD
Associate Clinical Chief, Inpatient Services
Associate Clerkship Director, Assistant in Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics,
Harvard Medical School
Edward Benz Jr., MD
(Chair, Institutional Governance and Learning Environment Subcommittee)
Richard and Susan Smith Distinguished
Professor of Medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Olivia Plana
HMS Student
Adam Berger
HMS Student
Hope Ricciotti, MD
(Chair, Medical Education Program/Curriculum Subcommittee)
Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School
Head of the Department of Obstetrics,
Gynecology & Reproductive Biology at
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Bernard Chang, MD
(Chair, Medical Student Experience Subcommittee)
Associate Professor of Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Advisory Dean, Francis Weld Peabody Society, Harvard Medical School
Fidencio Saldaña, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Dean for Students (Program in Medical Education), Harvard Medical School
Maureen Connelly, MD
Assistant Professor of Population Medicine,
Dean for Faculty Affairs,
Harvard Medical School
Kirstin Woody Scott
HMS Student
Shivangi Goel
HMS Student
David Silbersweig, MD
(Chair, Faculty Subcommittee)
Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Head of the Department of Psychiatry at
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Jennifer Cohn Kesselheim, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Nancy Tarbell, MD
C.C. Wang Professor of Radiation Oncology
Dean for Academic and Clinical Affairs (Academic and Clinical Programs), Harvard Medical School
Holly Khachadoorian-Elia, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Deb Weinstein, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine,
Massachusetts General Hospital
Aili Lewis
Executive Director for Institutional Policy and Planning, Harvard Medical School
Mike White, MS
Chief Financial Officer,
Harvard Medical School

ISS Subcommittee Staff

Natasha Miller
Accreditation Project Manager,
Institutional Planning and Policy,
Harvard Medical School

Jennifer Ryan, JD
Executive Director for Academic and Research Integrity,
Harvard Medical School

Claire Scully
Special Projects Manager
Institutional Planning and Policy,
Harvard Medical School

Jessica St. Louis
Senior Project Coordinator,
Academic and Clinical Programs,
Harvard Medical School