LCME Project Timeline

  • 2015
  • April 2015

    LCME Secretariat established survey visit dates with the medical school dean.
    Site visit scheduled for
    January 29 – February 1, 2017

    – Director of Student Affairs briefs students on ISA.

  • July 2015

    – A committee of students responsible for the Independent Student Analysis (ISA) is formed and begins drafting questions for the ISA survey of the student body.

    – The faculty accreditation lead initiates data collection activities.

  • September 2015

    ISA survey is distributed to the student body. Data from the ISA survey are needed for completion of the DCI.

  • November 2015

    – Various individuals or groups begin responding to questions in the DCI.

    – The students charged with conducting the ISA provide survey data to the faculty accreditation lead and begin independent analysis of the data.

  • December 2015 / January 2016

    Target completion for first draft of DCI by subcommittees.

    – The students charged with conducting the ISA provide survey data to the faculty accreditation lead and begin independent analysis of the data.

  • 2016
  • January 2016

    – Students provide the final ISA to the faculty accreditation lead.

    – Faculty accreditation lead distributes the ISA report and completed DCI sections to the self-study task force and appropriate subcommittees. Subcommittees review and analyze the relevant sections and prepare reports that are forwarded to the task force.

    If not begun already, action should be taken to correct issues identified by the various subcommittees.

  • August 2016

    – The LCME Secretariat sends the faculty accreditation lead instructions for the survey visit and a final list of survey team members is sent to the dean.

    – The faculty accreditation lead reviews the DCI, self-study summary report, and other required documents and makes any required updates/corrections.

  • September 2016

    – The LCME Secretariat sends the faculty accreditation lead instructions for the survey visit and a final list of survey team members is sent to the dean.

    – The faculty accreditation lead reviews the final DCI, self-study summary report, and other required documents and makes any required updates/corrections.
    DUE November 1, 2016

  • November 2016

    – Shortly after receiving the school’s accreditation materials, the secretary of the survey team will contact the faculty accreditation lead to begin work on the survey visit schedule and will contact the staff visit coordinator to discuss logistical planning.

    – The faculty accreditation lead drafts a visit schedule based on the sample survey visit template in this document and sends it to the team secretary for review.

    – Based on initial review of the accreditation package, the team secretary may request additional information/materials and/or that additional survey visit sessions with specific faculty or staff be added to the schedule.

  • December 2016

    – If necessary, corrections and/or updates to the DCI are bundled and sent to the survey team secretary following the procedures outlined on the LCME website (available here: http://www.lcme.org/survey-connect-survey-package-update.htm).

    – The LCME team secretary and school finalize the visit schedule.

  • 2017
  • January 2017

    – If necessary, a final set of bundled corrections and/or updates to the DCI are bundled and sent to the survey team secretary following the procedures outlined on the LCME website (available here: http://www.lcme.org/survey-connect-survey-package-update.htm).

  • January 29 – February 1, 2017

    – Survey team visits the school.

    – The survey exit conference is conducted.

    – The faculty accreditation lead submits one bundled update to the LCME Secretariat containing any
    supplementary material provided to the survey team before or during the visit, and any corrections or updates provided to the team after the initial submission (at -3 months). This includes updates/corrections made at the time of the visit.

  • March – April, 2017

    – The survey team secretary sends a first draft of the survey report to the LCME Secretariat for review; Secretariat feedback is incorporated into a second draft, which is sent to the entire survey team and dean for review.

    – The dean provides feedback; feedback is incorporated into the final report at the discretion of the survey team secretary and chair. The survey team secretary notifies the dean which, if any, of their suggested changes were incorporated into the final report.

  • April – June, 2017

    The survey report is finalized and submitted to the LCME Secretariat. The final report is circulated by the Secretariat to LCME members for review prior to the next LCME meeting.

  • June – July, 2017

    The LCME issues an accreditation decision at its next regularly scheduled meeting (February/October/June).

    Within 30 Days after decision

    The university president/chief executive and medical school dean are sent copies of the final survey report and are notified, in writing, of the final decision regarding accreditation status and any required follow-up.

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