Road to Accreditation and curriculum updates from the dean

September 17, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to share progress on our Road to Accreditation and curriculum renewal, touch on important steps ahead and – most importantly – thank you for your support.

Jay L. Hess, Dean, IU School of Medicine, shares LCME and curriculum updates in recent letter to faculty. | Photo By IU School of Medicine

Progress to Date

At his May visit, Dan Hunt, M.D., MBA, co-secretariat from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, provided invaluable insights including the strong recommendation that we implement our new curriculum prior to the LCME visit. This approach was endorsed by our Curriculum Committee and now a considerable amount of work is underway to implement our new curriculum in fall of 2016. At the same time, we are gathering a large amount of information on our current curriculum and have prepared the LCME committees to analyze the information. We’re also investing in data management software to centrally manage our curriculum across all nine campuses as required by LCME.

The self-study committees are currently analyzing data against the LCME standards to determine our degree of compliance. Last month, we met with consultants from the Medical School Advisory Group to clarify the standards and assist the committees in analyzing data to meet LCME expectations. We have already identified some areas of opportunity to be addressed prior to our site visit. These include addressing gaps and redundancies in our current curriculum, improving timeliness of grades and increasing observations of clinical skills. These opportunities are not just important for our re-accreditation; they improve the learning experience for our students.

What’s Next

This spring, we’ll be working diligently to complete our Institutional Self-Study Report. We also will  engage with external consultants to assess our report and make recommendations prior to submitting it. Until that time, the self-study committees will continue to analyze data, identify areas of non-compliance, make recommendations for improvement and assist with the compilation of our Self-Study submission due Aug. 1, 2016. Meanwhile, the Educational Affairs Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) team, led by Colleen O’Brien, will work with faculty, staff and students to implement improvements identified by the self-study committees. It is crucial that we address these gaps expeditiously to ensure that we are successfully re-accredited and that we continue to offer the educational experience that our learners deserve.

Thank You

Most importantly, I want to say thank you to the faculty, staff and learners who are helping us to prepare for re-accreditation and the new curriculum. Certainly, preparing for LCME and rolling out a new curriculum across nine campuses at the same time is a daunting task. I know that your hard work and dedication will serve us well. Thank you for all you do.