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October 9, 2017

Time to shine

Next week, Oct. 15 to 18, representatives from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) will be here for a reaccreditation site visit to review the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Our last LCME review occurred in 2009 and resulted in full accreditation.

Reaccreditation of the college’s medical education program is a reaffirmation of one of our medical college’s primary missions: to educate and train physicians, scientists, physician assistants, physical therapists, and others who will provide care, make new discoveries, and inspire new generations of health care professionals.

Both the level of detail that will be reviewed by the committee and the degree of preparation for the visit is unprecedented in our collegiate history. Preparations for this visit included an extensive self-study lasting more than one and a half years and involved thousands of hours of work by more than 100 faculty and staff members. The five-member LCME survey team will focus on all aspects of our medical education program, including the branch campus in Des Moines. They will also review aspects of other collegiate programs, including the hospital and health care campus.

I know that I can speak for my colleagues in collegiate leadership when I say that we look forward to showcasing the high-quality, innovative educational programming available to our students, as well as the many outstanding achievements of faculty and students. In addition, and as noted in recent broadcast emails, I have been sharing more specific details highlighting critical areas that will be under review so that everyone working and learning with UI Health Care understands some of the key points we will be sharing with the LCME team.

As a leading academic medical center, UI Health Care undergoes many surveys and evaluations each year, and this particular analysis will give us insight into how well we are doing as we prepare our students to make lasting and positive differences in our communities and in medicine overall.

I want to extend a special thank you to everyone involved in the hard work surrounding the accreditation process, and to express my deep appreciation for the part each of you plays in the continued success of our remarkable academic medical center.

Comments or questions regarding the LCME site visit may be directed to Chris Cooper, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Faculty Accreditation Lead for the LCME site visit, at

As a reminder, all faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend a public forum for the final candidate for UI vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Carver College of Medicine. The forum is TODAY, Monday, Oct. 9, from 5 to 6 p.m., in the Prem Sahai Auditorium, MERF, and will be followed by a public reception.

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