College of Medicine accreditation team completes site visit

May 6, 2013 | News, UToday, Medicine and Life Sciences, UTMC
By Jon Strunk

UT leaders said they were proud and enthusiastic following an exhaustive, four-day review of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences by a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accreditation survey team, which in its unofficial exit interview announced vast areas of strength and a handful of points for improvement among 131 accreditation standards.

“Over two years of preparation by literally hundreds of College of Medicine faculty and staff have resulted in a very favorable exit interview by a team composed of national medical education leaders,” said Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold, chancellor and executive vice president for biosciences and health affairs, and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

“While it will still be some time before we receive the final written report, our belief that UT medical students are receiving medical education that leads the nation has been affirmed, and we have a new focus on those areas that can make that education even better,” Gold said.

Out of five broad categories LCME evaluates on each visit, the site visitors found no negative findings in the topics of institutional setting, faculty or educational resources.

In the category of educational resources, LCME specifically praised the Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center as being effectively utilized to implement an interprofessional education curriculum and called the investment in the new expanded facility “laudable.”

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education also praised the Center for Creative Instruction, saying the department has been “instrumental in developing new technologies to enhance the educational mission of the college” and called “educationally innovative” the development of the virtual interactive cadaver dissection experience “Anatomy Revealed.”

There were four potential findings in the educational program for the medical doctor degree and also four potential findings in the medical students category.

“We take these findings seriously and are already working to address these issues,” Gold said. “But it is important to step back after so much hard work and reflect on the fact that to have these few findings speaks to the strengths of this college, its faculty and staff and, most importantly, to the strengths of our students.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education to finalize this site visit, and we look forward to the ongoing work of ensuring UT College of Medicine students receive the best education,” he said.

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