University of Vermont

Reaccreditation – the Home Stretch

As many of you know, the College of Medicine will host a site visit team from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) on April 21-24.  This team will examine over 1600 pages of documents about our programs, facilities, services and curriculum.  They will meet with students, as well as faculty and administrators from the College, University and our clinical affiliates.  We will be well prepared because we have used this opportunity not only to prepare for accreditation but to engage in a complete quality review of our program.

Well over 200 members of our College of Medicine educational community have worked diligently to produce a rigorous Self Study that describes strengths and challenges in five areas: our institutional setting, our educational program, student affairs, faculty development and educational resources.  Most importantly, the students conducted an independent study that involved rigorous surveys and analysis of these areas as well.  Both processes showed we have much to celebrate but also have areas that could improve.  The students report identified 168 program strengths and 57 areas in need of improvement.

Armed with volumes of data about our program quality, the College has engaged in a comprehensive review of all practices and procedures.  For example, a joint student-faculty task force was formed to address every single concern raised by the student self-study.  At our final meeting of this task force last week, the task force reviewed progress on over 200 action items to improve our College and concluded that almost all had already been implemented and the underlying issues resolved.

It has been gratifying (and exhausting!) to participate in this process.  I want to thank everyone who helped along the way and I am confident the site visitors will discover what we already know – that we have a vibrant, innovative and caring learning environment that features the finest students and faculty collaborating on producing the best physicians possible.