As many of you are aware, the Geisel School of Medicine begins its LCME reaccreditation process this fall. This periodic process of external review guided by an extensive internal self-assessment is vital to ensuring that we continue to meet the highest standards for medical education.
To ensure that we provide continuous quality improvement, our LCME Compliance Steering Committee has been meeting regularly over the past two and a half years. This committee has reviewed all 12 of the LCME standards and 93 individual elements, captured what is going well, and recommended new processes to address our challenges in consultation with our other standing committees. Together, we have implemented a number of exciting initiatives at Geisel, including the creation of the new Department of Medical Education, the launch of our new preclinical curriculum and coaching program, the renovation of our teaching spaces, and increased investment into faculty time for medical education.
Over the next 18 months, we will seek input from many of you to complete four key components of the accreditation process: completion of the Data Collection Instrument (DCI), a faculty led Institutional Self Study, a student led Independent Student Analysis, and a culminating survey visit by representatives from the LCME on April 25-28th, 2021.