Continued improvement: Update from the LCME

June 26, 2015

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is the accrediting agency for U.S. and Canadian undergraduate medical education (MD) programs. As announced previously, the School of Medicine submitted an action plan to address the areas for improvement the LCME identified following the school’s institutional self-study and full site visit held in January 2012. 

In April 2015, the OHSU School of Medicine submitted a status report to the LCME as part of the agency’s monitoring process. Last week, the school was notified that the LCME had reviewed the April status report and found no areas of non-compliance. The school remains fully accredited and the standards related to facilities and resources in support of the M.D. program were fully compliant.

In contrast, the LCME found that three areas were compliant but in need of continued monitoring. The three areas are student debt and financial debt counseling; academic advising; and diversity. Importantly, the School of Medicine continues to make improvements in each of these areas. The next status report is due in April 2016 and the next full site visit by the LCME will take place during the 2019-2020 academic year.  

“We were pleased to report to the LCME on our continued progress in these areas,” said George Mejicano, M.D., senior associate dean for education, OHSU School of Medicine. “The outcome of this report shows our continual commitment to quality improvement and to creating a supportive environment for our medical students.”