The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) conducted an accreditation site visit at the UC Davis School of Medicine January 26 – 29, 2014. The LCME is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the MD degree in the United States and Canada. Reaccreditation is required of all medical schools every eight years.
We are pleased to report that the LCME gave the School full accreditation for the eight year cycle. The next full site visit will take place in 2021-2022.
The report identified the following strengths: service learning activities for students in the student run clinics; Office of Medical Education (OME) support to the Instructors of Record and faculty for teaching and assessment; and educational facilities including the Education Building and Center for Health and Technology.
The LCME found that the School is in "compliance with monitoring" for faculty diversity, particularly in recruitment of African-Americans/Blacks and Hispanics; providing formative feedback to students in the preclinical curriculum; and ensuring a mechanism for broad faculty participation in decision-making related to the medical education program.
The LCME found the School non-compliant for the ED-30 standard that stipulates a maximum of 6 weeks for notifying students of their grades on clerkships, noting that full compliance with this standard had only been achieved for the 6 months leading up to the site visit, and that students had expressed concern about this. The noncompliant and "compliance with monitoring" concerns noted by the LCME have been vigorously addressed and a written status report will be provided to the LCME by August, 2015.
These are outstanding results and this is the most successful LCME site visit in the history of UC Davis School of Medicine. The LCME site visit team recognized the outstanding effort coordinated by the Office of Medical Education and praised our documentation, logistical details, and overall quality and professionalism of the site visit. This was the product of the excellent teamwork from the deans, faculty, students, and staff and a multitude of committee meetings and work over the 3 years leading up to the site visit. Everyone worked collaboratively and committed to the LCME accreditation process. The UC Davis School of Medicine now serves as a model to medical schools for how to successfully navigate and benefit from the LCME accreditation process.
We thank the UC Davis Health System community for their support and are very proud of our LCME results.
Mark Servis, M.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education
Roy Brophy Endowed Chair in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
UC Davis School of Medicine