Accreditation team comes to visit

LCME site study team visit a culmination of 18-month self study

February 29, 2012

A three-day visit from a site survey team from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) will mark the culmination of an 18-month-long self study process involving hundreds of UMass Medical School community members, who took a comprehensive and honest look at the strengths and challenges facing the Medical School. The visit, which will start on Sunday, March 4, and continue until Wednesday, March 7, is part of the LCME accreditation process that takes place every eight years.

LCME is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for U.S. and Canadian medical education programs, and is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association.

The six-member site visit team is chaired by Barbara F. Atkinson, MD, executive dean, and executive vice chancellor of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and includes a fourth-year student from University of California Davis, School of Medicine.

The team will spend its time on campus meeting with institutional representatives receive tours of school and hospital facilities led by student guides, and meet with a host of other community members, including students and faculty.

The final site survey report is expected two-to-four months after the visit.

To read the full self-study report and other documents related to the accreditation process, visit

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