The Medical School receives full reaccreditation from the LCME.
The Warren Alpert Medical School received full reaccreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education for another eight-year term. This reaccreditation process comprised three years of preparation, an extensive self-study, and a virtual two-day site visit by LCME representatives in October 2020.
The LCME determination found the school to be either in compliance, or in compliance with a need for monitoring, in 11 of the 12 standards. However, it found the school is noncompliant with the standard for Academic and Learning Environments—chiefly, the need to increase diversity among faculty. The Medical School has made this a priority, working with the health systems and department chairs around this issue; recruitment of faculty from groups underrepresented in medicine (URiM) is included in department chair performance reviews and discussed at meetings with the health systems. Other initiatives aim to retain URiM residents in faculty roles.
This standard also includes student mistreatment. The LCME found that students who completed the Graduation Questionnaire experienced mistreatment slightly above the national average. Medical School leaders discussed these concerns with the department chairs and health system leadership and will hire an assistant dean for student affairs to focus primarily on the learning environment.
The Medical School will report updates on these findings to the LCME by next April.