Exceptional Outcome for LCME Reaccreditation

Richard DiCarlo, M.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Institutional Affairs 

Over the last two years, I have written about LCME reaccreditation several times.  This should be the last time we hear about the LCME for a while.  We had our site visit in November and received their final report at the end of February.  The outcome was outstanding, and we received full accreditation for the maximum period of eight years.  Our next site visit will not be until sometime in 2025-26!

It took over two years and considerable effort to prepare for this site visit.  More than 250 people participated, including full time faculty, medical students, residents, alumni, administrative staff, and representatives from our clinical partners.  We submitted more than 2500 pages of documents to demonstrate our compliance with the LCME accreditation standards.  These standards address curriculum, student services, faculty, governance and leadership, teaching facilities, clinical facilities, and finances.  Of the ninety-three accreditation criteria, the LCME determined that our compliance was satisfactory in ninety areas and was unsatisfactory in only three.  The LCME commended the dean’s leadership, the collegial atmosphere between students, faculty and administration, the strong commitment of our clinical partners, and our excellent educational facilities.  They were again impressed with the Learning Center, and they were newly impressed with the Medical Education and Innovation Center in Baton Rouge.

The three areas in which we were unsatisfactory include some missing language in our anti-discrimination policies, the need to place greater emphasis on prevention in instruction about certain societal problems, and the process we use for admission of transfer students.  We have already taken steps to correct these deficiencies.

LCME accreditation is a rigorous process.  Over the last two years, the LCME did not give full accreditation to nearly 40% of the medical schools that underwent review.  They gave many schools a warning, and placed several on probation.  Our success is a testament to stable and respected leadership of the school and health sciences center, a highly dedicated faculty and staff, engaged students, and a strong commitment to the school’s mission from our clinical partners.

Having coordinated the preparation for the site visit, I want to thank the numerous people that contributed to our excellent outcome.  This begins with Dr. Nelson, and includes the leaders in all of the dean’s offices.  Course and clerkship directors, department heads, staff in the UME office were essential to our success.  Students worked on their portion of the self-study for over two years, and the LCME was impressed with the collegial process we developed.  I am grateful for all of your hard work and dedication.