We are pleased to share the exciting news that we have received full, 8-year reaccreditation of our M.D. degree from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
We are grateful to the countless faculty, staff and learners who led an almost-three year journey of self-discovery and quality improvement. We especially commend our medical students, who were very active in the M.D. reaccreditation process, and created an independent student assessment that is proving very valuable to planning our future. We also are thankful to the LCME survey visit team for its thoughtful critique of our M.D. program, and also for its flexibility in working with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, when the planned site visit changed from on-campus meetings to virtual gatherings.
The LCME did issue a few citations in areas that need improvement, but we are actively addressing them in an effort to improve the medical student experience. Our number of citations were better than the national average for our peer medical schools; that being said, we take this feedback very seriously and are using them to continue to improve as a school.
Overall, we are very pleased with the result, especially in light of our major curriculum transformation that occurred over the past few years. Large-scale institutional change is necessary and difficult. Our findings highlight so many areas in which changes were successful, and a few places where we can continue to improve, including: ensuring communication of learning environment policies; continuing improvements in interprofessional education; ongoing work in ensuring clinical students receive actionable and useful feedback in the clinical setting; continuing our review of our grading policies; and ensuring that all residents are prepared for their roles as teachers, among others.
In closing, this has been an academic community-wide effort led by fabulous teams working with outstanding people and groups across the medical school and health system, all committed to our mission to make our great school even better.
To everyone in the Medical School, congratulations, and thanks for a job well done!
Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, University of Michigan Medical School
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs
CEO, Michigan Medicine