At Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM), we consider the accreditation process as not just an exercise in collecting program data, but an opportunity to continuously improve the educational experience for our students.
In the winter of 2021, MUSM will host a visit from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). The LCME is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in the U.S. and Canada. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association (AMA) are jointly represented on the LCME. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes the LCME as the accrediting body for programs of medical education in the U.S.
Successful accreditation is essential because it establishes eligibility for selected federal grants and programs and allows our students to receive financial aid, take medical licensing exams, and qualify for ACGME-accredited residency programs.
For more information about LCME accreditation, visit the LCME website.
- Selection of Faculty Fellow: January 2019
- Notification of MUSM’s LCME Full Accreditation Survey Visit Date: April 2019
- LCME Kickoff Townhall: September 2019
- Mock Site Visit: August 2020
- LCME Survey Package Submission: November 2020
- Dress Rehearsal: January 2021
- LCME Survey Visit: January 24-27, 2021
LCME Self-study Committees and Charges
The LCME accreditation process requires extensive infrastructure and planning, which is accomplished with the help of these subcommittees:
- Self-study Steering Committee: The self-study steering committee is the formal oversight body that will review analytical reports drafted by the self-study subcommittees and produce the final report MUSM will submit to the LCME in November 2020.
- Institutional Setting Subcommittee: Reviews information pertaining to MUSM’s governance and policies, including our mission, organization and administration, as well as academic and learning environments.
- Faculty Subcommittee: Reviews information related to faculty preparation, productivity, participation and policies.
- Educational Resources Subcommittee: Reviews information related to MUSM’s educational resources and infrastructure.
- Educational Programs Subcommittee: Reviews information related to MUSM’s educational curriculum, including the design of the curriculum and how the program is taught and assessed.
- Medical Student Subcommittee: Reviews information related to all aspects of MUSM’s medical student support services, medical student admissions policies and medical student progress.