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CUNY School of Medicine Accreditation Update

CUNY School of Medicine

CUNY School of Medicine Accreditation Update


 On January 7-10, 2018, CUNY School of Medicine hosted a site visit team representing the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).  The LCME is the official accrediting body for medical education programs in the U.S. and Canada leading to the MD degree. We are frequently asked by faculty, staff and students about our accreditation status. The following will outline where we are in the process.

The LCME accreditation process progresses in sequence, from preliminary, to provisional, to full accreditation. The LCME offers proscriptive requirements for each stage of the process.  In June 2015, the CUNY School of Medicine was given preliminary accreditation status, and our next step is provisional status which will be discussed at the LCME's June 2018 meeting.


Dr. Erica Friedman, Deputy Dean of Medical Education, serves as our Faculty Accreditation Lead and has been instrumental in overseeing the progress of this effort.  Five subcommittees have been establish to evaluate and write reports on the following areas:  academic/learning environment; faculty preparations, productivity, and policies; curricular competencies, objectives, and design; curricular content; curricular management and evaluation; teaching, supervision, assessment and safety; academic support, records, and career advising; and health services, counseling, and financial aid.  We have also established a steering committee consisting of representatives from each of the five subcommittees to oversee LCME compliance. 

Additionally, our medical students in the Class of 2020 created and completed an Independent Student Analysis (ISA) designed to assess our current educational and learning environment. Results of the ISA conducted in spring 2017 are included in the reports addressed by the subcommittees.

The steering committee reviewed the subcommittee reports and ISA and wrote an executive summary which has been submitted to the LCME for review along with the Data Collection Instrument (DCI) and supporting documentation on October 16, 2017.

The LCME accreditation process provides a valuable opportunity for quality assurance and improvement and analysis of our MD educational program that will involve many faculty, staff and students.  It is also a critical criterion in obtaining federal grants and loans as well as sitting for U.S. licensing exams and admission to accredited postgraduate training and specialty board certifications.

Since our last LCME site visit in 2015, we have revised our educational programs and have significantly enhanced our learning environments. New construction and thoughtful renovation have provided a dramatic improvement to our learning spaces and teaching environment. Highlights include the construction of small-group classroom renovations and a clinical skills laboratory in Harris Hall.

Our mock site visit on November 27-28, 2017, went relatively well.  We were commended on having a well written document.  The site team gave us a true “dry run” experience included  questions we should expect during our official visit and identifyed additional documentation needed.  We are addressing all identified issues under our control to be ready for our official visit on January 7-10, 2018.

We recently received from the LCME a copy of the draft findings from our provisional site visit held on January 7-10, 2018.  The team indicated we were noncompliant on one element and compliant with monitoring for four elements. We were compliant with all the other 88 elements!  We have to the opportunity to respond to this draft and will be submitting this response within later of this month April.  This response will be considered along with our other documentation at the LCME’s June meeting.

This truly is a schoolwide effort and requires the time and attention of each and every one of you.  This phase of accreditation is necessary in order for our students to enter their clerkship years.  We are grateful for your support, enthusiasm and commitment to our school as we proceed toward the goal of full accreditation!