HSC Weekly 2010-04-02
Keck School achieves full LCME accreditation
By Bryan Schneider
The Keck School of Medicine has received the maximum eight-year full accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the best results achieved since a 10-year accreditation was granted in 1981. The official notification letter, dated Feb. 12 and addressed to USC President Steven B. Sample, cited many strengths and offered praise for a number of medical school programs.
The nationally recognized accrediting authority for U.S. medical education programs gave the Keck School the maximum period of accreditation based on a full survey visit conducted by an LCME survey team at the Keck School in November.
The full accreditation and praise received from this important committee that sets national standards for medical schools is a testament to the quality of our medical education program and our dedicated faculty, said Keck School Dean Carmen A. Puliafito.
In the letter, Puliafito was credited with creating an energizing institutional spirit of commitment to teaching and the educational program, with resources from university leadership. The letter commended Puliafito for significantly increasing funding for educational leadership, infrastructure and innovation.
Education, research and community service opportunities offered through the schools proximity and affiliation with Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, USC University Hospital, USC Norris Cancer Hospital and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles were also noted in the letter.
Three additional commendations recognized:
The medical schools adoption of an innovative program using non-physician medical student educators as faculty members associated with each core clerkship, financed by the dean, to help provide consistent, responsive and effective clinical student education across all sites.
The division of medical education as an impressive institutional resource, providing effective faculty development, an institution-wide Education Innovation Meeting, and other highly effective programs such as a system-wide Residents as Teachers program, Teaching and Leadership fellowships, and a Master of Academic Medicine degree.
Leadership provided by the Office of Faculty Affairs and its pervasive impact on faculty enthusiasm, career advancement and productivity in education, research and clinical care.
Keck School Vice Dean for Medical Education Henri Ford expressed his gratitude for remarks made by the LCME.
We are very proud that the LCME has recognized the quality of our medical education program, acknowledging the importance and resources we put into educating future doctors, he said.
The LCME is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the accreditation authority for M.D. programs in the United States.
The committee assesses medical schools for accreditation by conducting a process of quality assurance that determines whether an institution or program meets established standards for function, structure and performance.
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