The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) has awarded continued accreditation to the New York Medical College (NYMC) School of Medicine (SOM) for eight years, the maximum possible term. The long-awaited official LCME letter of decision concluded the road to re-accreditation, which included a multi-year institutional self-study led by Jennifer L. Koestler, M.D., senior associate dean for medical education, an independent student assessment, a mock site visit in October 2015 and the actual site visit conducted by the LCME team on February 28 - March 2, 2016.
D. Douglas Miller, M.D., C.M., M.B.A., dean of the School of Medicine, attributes the successful LCME re-accreditation to the collective efforts of many medical school faculty members, students, staff and affiliates, all of whom supported the Educational Quality Improvement Process (EQuIP), and the NYMC Board of Trustees who fully endorsed the medical school's re-accreditation efforts.
"LCME re-accreditation, the so-called 'Dean's Test,' can only be passed with the full engagement and support of the entire medical school -- it's faculty, students and staff -- and with the true partnership of our affiliated hospitals, clinics and community service sites," said Dr. Miller.
The LCME is a 19-member committee responsible for conferring accreditation on medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in the United States and Canada. The next full LCME survey of the NYMC SOM will take place during the 2023-2024 academic year.
Dean Miller and Dr. Koestler will consult with the LCME Secretariat at the upcoming Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meeting in Seattle. Stay tuned for more information on the SOM's responses to the LCME re-accreditation.