"Clustering" of standards for accreditation underway
The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) currently uses 131 standards to accredit medical education programs leading to the MD degree. For the past 18 months, the LCME has been working to reorganize the standards into 12 comprehensive clusters, including leadership and administration, curricular content, and curriculum management and evaluation, with the goal of eliminating redundancy and enhancing clarity.
These 12 clusters will become the new standards. Most of the existing standards have been organized under these as 94 elements. In determining compliance with any of the 12 standards, the LCME will consider the relevant elements in their entirety.
"The clustering of the LCME standards is an important component of our continuous efforts to enhance the quality of medical education in Canada and the United States," said Jeffrey Gold, MD, chair of the LCME and chancellor and executive vice president of the University of Toledo.
"The accreditation process is all about stimulating innovation in our educational programs and streamlining the processes that assure the continued high quality of our physician workforce. All our schools have an opportunity to provide feedback on the standard clustering project and a number of additional significant LCME innovations," Dr. Gold added.
The new standards and elements are available for public comment on the LCME website. A hearing with public comment on the proposed changes will be held at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges in Philadelphia, on Nov. 5. In addition to oral testimony provided at the public hearing, written comments submitted via email by Dec. 31 will become part of the hearing record.
The LCME will consider the testimony and act at its February 2014 meeting to approve the final version of the standards and elements. The new standards will go into effect on July 1, 2014, for schools with full survey visits during the 2015-2016 academic year.
TCOM-UNTHSC wins latest AMA-MSS award
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center is the latest winner of the AMA Medical Student Section's (MSS) "Event of the Month" award, which showcases recruitment, community service, education and AMA-MSS National Service Project events coordinated by individual AMA medical student sections.
TCOM-UNTHSC won for their "Orientation Week Recruitment Dinner" event held in July. The event was held on the first night of orientation week for the incoming first-year medical students. The local medical student section presented an overview of the AMA and the Texas Medical Association (TMA) and the Tarrant County Medical Society spoke about the benefits of being involved in organized medicine. AMA materials were displayed, and 85 students joined the AMA, TMA and the county medical society at the event.
The AMA provided funding for food at the event. Visit the Event of the Month Web page for a detailed description.
Is your AMA medical student section holding similar events? When you request a grant through the AMA Section Involvement Grant (SIG) program, you are automatically eligible for the "Event of the Month" award, which the AMA selects each month. At the end of the school year, all monthly awards will be showcased in June at the AMA-MSS Annual Assembly Meeting and be voted on by students for one "Event of the Year" winner.
Through the SIG program, the AMA-MSS provides an opportunity for local AMA medical student sections to:
- Educate students about the AMA and provide an opportunity for students to get more involved.
- Help put AMA policy into action by providing a service to medical school campuses or communities.
- Engage in activities that focus on AMA's top priorities.
Apply to mentor students, residents via AMA program
A new AMA mentorship program offers you the opportunity to further develop your leadership skills, form key professional relationships and learn about emerging trends from the next generation of your peers.
As a mentor, you'll be matched online with a student or resident AMA member and will be asked to provide professional guidance related to:
- Enhancing career advancement
- Sharing of advocacy, professional or research interests
- Promoting leadership development
AMA resources for medical schools and students
- Mentor students, residents and fellows via AMA program.
- Learn about the AMA Medical Student Section.
- Learn about the AMA Section on Medical Schools.
- Learn about the AMA Council on Medical Education.
- Follow the AMA professional ethics Twitter page, and look for the #MedEdAMA hashtag for tweets on the AMA's Twitter page about medical education.