University of Vermont

LCME Mock Site Visit Update from Dr. Jeffries

In mid-December, the College hosted three leaders from other medical schools who engaged us in an LCME Mock Site Visit to help prepare for our upcoming LCME Accreditation visit to the College on April 21-25, 2013. More than 150 of our UVM community, including groups of students from each graduating year, met with Drs. Cam Enarson, Kevin Krane and Lee Jones, to help assess how well our medical education program meets more than 130 accreditation standards.  These visitors, hosted by our students, toured our facilities and examined all aspects of our education program.  

This was also an opportunity to showcase the many strengths of the College in support of our education, research, patient care and community service missions, and we were pleased to hear so many compliments from the mock site visitors on our people and our programs. The visitors were particularly impressed with the collaborative spirit within and across the College that was demonstrated throughout their three-day visit. They also shared a number of positive findings affirming many of our fundamental principles, our learning and teaching environment, and our commitment to educating a diverse and prepared group of physicians and scientists.

The mock site visitors also found some areas of non-compliance and several additional program elements that we want to address, the majority of which were identified during our self-study and in the student independent survey.  Many of these, such as availability of additional lockers and appropriate language in all affiliation agreements, were already on their way to being fixed.   For the remainder, we have teams working on solutions.  In many cases, the direction for these teams is the result of a Joint Student-Faculty Task Force, which brainstormed for solutions to issues brought to light by the student survey.  We will update our materials to reflect these new data and processes before we submit them to the LCME in mid-January, and continue to engage the College community as we prepare for the site visit in April.

Again, thank you for your contributions to the assessment and accreditation of our school. We encourage you to visit our LCME Accreditation website for more information and updates.

Two areas where the College exceeds the standard:

  • ED33: The system for curricular oversight is robust and supports a highlight effective system of centralized curricular oversight and management.
  • ED36/ER4: There are excellent institutional resources for support of the educational and research programs.

Additional positive findings:

  • The VIC provides a highly integrated educational experience for students.
  • There is an effective system for training medical students as teachers.
  • Faculty and administrators are very responsive to medical student concerns/issues.
  • Departmental leadership are engaged in all missions of the College and are highly supportive of medical student education and the VIC.
  • Student diversity has been significantly enhanced by the implementation of institutional diversity enhancement programs.
  • There is an effective system for career counseling and support for residency application/selection.
  • FTARS is an effective mechanism for promoting active faculty participation in the educational program.
  • There is a positive and productive relationship between the College of Medicine and its clinical affiliates.  
  • College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care support of CME programs provides enhanced opportunities for medical student participation in institutionally sponsored CME programs.