Team’s Reaccreditation Visit to the UM Miller School and its Regional Campus at FAU Completed
A site visit team from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) departed the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine late last week, taking with them assessments, data and perspectives that will play a key role in determining whether the medical school is reaccredited.
This in-depth audit of the school’s medical program ensures that it meets rigorous guidelines for service and quality. The accreditation is an endorsement that the postsecondary educational institution conforms to nationally-recognized standards for medical school function, structure and performance. The accreditation process also fosters institutional and program improvement.
The re-certification process, which occurs every eight years, checks for adherence to LCME standards and required a site visit to both the Miami campus, as well as the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Regional Medical Campus at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, for extensive staff interviews and documentation review. LCME is the sole accrediting body for all allopathic medical schools in the United States and Canada.
“The LCME site visitors thoroughly scrutinized every aspect of the Miller School’s operations,” says Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., professor of medicine and executive dean for education and policy, of the site visit which took place over four consecutive days. “The examiners had opportunities to interact with faculty, staff and students on our campuses in Miami and at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. While the final report and conclusions will not be delivered until June at the earliest, the preliminary report for the school identified only a small number of concerns, all of which we feel can be addressed to the satisfaction of the LCME.”
LCME final status reports produce one of three potential outcomes, which are accredited, probationary, or non-accredited.
“This was the first time the Regional Medical Campus at FAU underwent the LCME accreditation process,” says Michael Friedland, M.D., vice president for medical programs at the Regional Medical Campus at FAU. “We perceived the survey as having a generally favorable outcome and we look forward to the regional campus being in a position to continue to plan for future clinical experiences.”
A school receiving an eight-year accreditation outcome has put itself through a rigorous self-study and survey process and has demonstrated that its programs and services are of the highest quality.
Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges: College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.
The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, founded in 1952, was the first medical school in the state of Florida. The Miller School of Medicine is located on the 100-acre University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center complex in Miami. The medical center includes three University-owned hospitals that make up the University of Miami Health System (UHealth): University of Miami Hospital, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Our three primary affiliated hospitals on the campus include Jackson Memorial Hospital, Holtz Children’s Hospital and the Miami VA Medical Center. Miller School faculty members conduct more than 1,700 research projects in basic science and clinical care in facilities totaling more than 500,000 square feet of research space.