School of Medicine awarded full 8-year accreditation

LCME lauds UMMS for collaborative curriculum reform

October 22, 2012

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) has notified UMass Medical School that the School of Medicine has been awarded full eight-year accreditation for its educational program leading to the doctor of medicine (MD) degree. The notification marks a successful ending to a year-long self-evaluation and external review process.

In a memo announcing the achievement and thanking the medical school community, Chancellor Michael F. Collins wrote, “This is a special opportunity to recognize the collective achievement of our educational community and for me to extend my heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to all of you, especially the more than 150 professionals who actively participated in the accreditation process . . . Your work contributes greatly to our ongoing trajectory of excellence and innovation.”

The accreditation process was led by Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medicine, executive deputy chancellor, provost, dean of the School of Medicine and professor of pediatrics, and Michele Pugnaire, MD, senior associate dean for educational affairs and professor of family medicine & community health.

In its letter apprising UMMS of accreditation, the LCME specifically noted the contributions “by all members of the academic community, including administration, departmental leadership, teaching faculty, clinical affiliate leadership, staff and students . . . The degree to which all of these constituencies feel engaged in the success of the curriculum reform is remarkable.”

A comprehensive final report and additional details from the visiting committee’s review is forthcoming from LCME, and will be shared with the Medical School community. Learn more about LCME accreditation and the UMMS self-evaluation at

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