Final ISA Report

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ISA2 Findings Summary

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ISA2 Tables of Changes Made and Resource Links

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August 2018 Update

Dear Classmates,

We are grateful for your interest to learn more about how students are engaged with this critical process for medical school accreditation. As you may know, every U.S. medical school undergoes evaluation for accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) every 8 years. HMS is currently undergoing this re-accreditation process, and our formal evaluation will conclude with the LCME site visit that will take place in March 2019. Prior to this time, students play an invaluable role in providing their perspective on key aspects of the school that fall under LCME jurisdiction through a student-led survey called the Independent Student Analysis (ISA), which took place in January 2018. Our LCME Student Leadership Team (SLT) (see contact below for more information) was responsible for developing this survey, analyzing it, and preparing the preliminary ISA report that was distributed to the student body and HMS administration in March 2018. This timing allowed for the ISA report to be part of formative discussions on how to make improvements to the school as they undergo the self-study process. The LCME evaluators will also get a copy of our final ISA report, and this plays an important role in their evaluation of the school.

Since a key motivation for the ISA survey is to share the student body’s thoughtful, constructive assessment on the school’s strengths and areas for improvement with HMS leadership and the LCME evaluators, we were beyond grateful to all of you - our peers - for your help in ensuring that we nearly reached our goal of a 100% response rate (final response rate 98.7%). We have witnessed firsthand through our participation on multiple HMS LCME subcommittees and the self-study process that this remarkably high response rate has mattered greatly and made the ISA a truly impressive motivator for change.

Though not required by the LCME, the HMS Deans and our SLT were eager to embrace the spirit of continuous quality improvement and create a formal mechanism that would allow students and faculty to co-lead working groups that would investigate domains of HMS that had relatively lower satisfaction on the ISA report. This launched our so-called “ISA Working Groups” - 11 core groups in total - and they have been investigating each of these domains carefully and then summarizing both the actions taken as well as the actions planned to respond to these ISA findings. In an effort to gauge student satisfaction with these working group initiatives, we will be launching the ISA2 (Independent Student Analysis Action Survey) in September 2018. All students who were eligible to complete the original ISA survey in January 2018 will be asked to complete the (much shorter) ISA2. We will then update our original ISA report with the findings from the ISA2 and submit this final comprehensive report to both HMS and then the LCME evaluators by December 2018. Similar to our original ISA survey, it is imperative that we strive for a 100% response rate as the results from both the ISA and ISA2 will continue to influence discussions regarding HMS policies and initiatives in the years to come (and well beyond the upcoming LCME site visit in March 2019).

Whether you shared your suggestions through the original ISA survey, participated in a ISA Working Group focus group, are a member of one of the many Working Groups or LCME subcommittees, or all the above - we are truly appreciative of the many ways that you - our peers - have engaged in these efforts to make a lasting impact on HMS. We look forward to further engaging you in these efforts with the ISA2 and to sharing these findings with you later this year. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions for our team at

Best wishes,

Kirstin Scott, Jessie Stuart (LCME SLT Chairs) and Adam Berger (Rollout Coordinator) on behalf of the entire SLT

Calendar of Events

Past Events:

  • Jan. 3, 2018 – Survey Opens
  • Jan. 3, 2018 – MGH PCE Survey Party, 4-5 pm, Bigelow Amphitheater
  • Jan. 3, 2018 – BIDMC PCE Survey Party, 4-6 pm, Leventhal Conference Room
  • Jan. 4, 2018 - CHA PCE Survey Party, 6-8 pm, 1st Floor CIC (10 Beacon St., Somerville, MA)
  • Jan. 8, 2018 – Pathways M1 Survey Party, 12:30-1:30 pm, Society Learning Studios
  • Jan. 11, 2018 - AISC Survey Party, 2:30-3:30 pm, TMEC209
  • Jan. 12, 2018 – BWH PCE Survey Party, 4-5 pm, BEI Knowledge Center (1620 Tremont St. 3-014, Boston, MA)
  • Jan 17, 2018 – HST M2 Survey Party, 12-1 pm, TMEC250
  • Jan 23, 2018 – HST M1 Survey Party, 12:30-1:30 pm, TMEC328
  • Jan. 31, 2018 – Survey Closes
  • Feb. 21, 2018 – LCME Survey Ice Cream Party, 5-6:30 pm, TMEC Atrium
  • Mar. 2018Initial Report Released to the Administration and Students
  • Sept. 4, 2018 – ISA2 Survey Opens
  • Sept. 4, 2018-Sept. 21, 2018 - ISA2 events:
    • HST M2s – During Micro, Sept. 11, 9:30 am
    • Pathways M2s – During Transitions, Sept. 13, 12 pm
    • BIDMC PCE - week of Sept. 17 during tDP2
    • BWH PCE – Sept. 4 or 6, 2 pm
    • CHA PCE – Sept. 6, 5 pm
    • MGH PCE – Sept. 4, 6, 11, 13, 2 pm
  • Sept. 17, 2018 – ISA2 closes to all students, except BIDMC PCE students
  • Sept. 21, 2018 – Boat Cruise (if  >95% completion)
  • Nov. 2018 – Updated Final ISA Report Released to Administration and Students

Survey Completion Progress

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