University of Iowa Health Care leaders announced that the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine has received continued full accreditation of its medical education program leading to the MD degree from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
LCME accreditation is important because it is required in most states for licensing graduates and receiving federal financial aid. In addition, only graduates of LCME-accredited schools are eligible for residency programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
J. Brooks Jackson, MD, MBA, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine, said, “This confirmation of the quality of our educational programming and especially our New Horizons curriculum is very gratifying, and everyone involved can take great pride in their contribution to this achievement.”
In a letter to University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld, the LCME noted that accreditation was granted following review of documentation submitted to the committee and the on-site visit by the LCME October 15 to 18.
Jackson also thanked Chris Cooper, MD, senior associate dean for medical education, the accreditation team, and the many other faculty and staff members and students who worked so hard to tell the story of the college’s excellent medical education program.
“I am very impressed by the work of Dr. Cooper and the entire education team. Following the LCME visit eight years ago, they set out to design and implement a curriculum that is innovative, integrated, and individualized. Today’s New Horizons curriculum is just that, and has demonstrated its success for graduates in improved scores on their licensing examinations, better physical exam and assessment skills, and increased problem-solving ability,” Jackson added.