The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) will be conducting a site visit here 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 and since we were last visited in 2006, it is time once again to engage in a systematic review of our school.
The LCME accreditation process provides an excellent opportunity for us to further improve our medical education program through a formal self-study process. We have been working hard to prepare for the LCME site visit since 2011. Initially we established "tiger teams" in 2011 to identify strengths and weaknesses, and to develop initiatives to address areas of concern. As a result we made several changes in advance of current formal self-study process.
Beginning in 2012 we formed our LCME Self-Study Task Force, Self-Study Subcommittees, and the Independent Student Self-Study Committee to guide the self-study process. The formal self-study is now underway in the 2012-13 academic year and we anticipate making further changes to our program based on the outcome of this important work.
We are proud of the many advances and changes to our medical education program since our last LCME site visit in 2006. As a result we believe our students are the recipients of one of the best medical school experiences in the country. But we cannot rest on our past achievements. The field of medicine and the needs of our society are constantly evolving, and we must continuously improve to provide the best medical education to our students.
We established this website to keep you updated on the accreditation process and timeline. We encourage you to visit the site frequently to stay informed. The participation of the entire UC Davis Health System community is an essential element of a successful accreditation process. Your commitment will ensure our continued excellence and leadership in medical education.
We look forward to working together as a community, and thank you in advance for your support in moving the accreditation project forward.
Mark Servis, M.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education
Roy Brophy Endowed Chair in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
UC Davis School of Medicine