Meharry’s School of Medicine is accredited by the following organizations:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges, when considering accreditation status, determines the institution’s integrity and its commitment to quality enhancement. These two principles serve as the foundation of the relationship between the Commission and its members and candidate institutions.
Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
Accreditation is a process of quality assurance in post-secondary education that determines whether an institution or program meets established standards for function, structure, and performance. The accreditation process also fosters institutional and program improvement. Medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in the United States and Canada are accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. The LCME’s scope is limited to the accreditation of complete and independent medical education programs where students are geographically located in the United States or Canada for their education and that are operated by universities or medical schools that are chartered in the United States or Canada.
A Message From Interim Dean Digna S. Forbes, M.D.
The Meharry Medical College School of Medicine is proud to be accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree at U.S. and Canadian medical schools. An LCME Survey Team will visit the Meharry Medical College School of Medicine for an accreditation site visit March 20-23, 2022. During the visit, the Survey Team will evaluate our educational program to ensure compliance with nationally-accepted standards established by the LCME for M.D. granting institutions.
A critical part of the accreditation process is the institutional self-study. This is an opportunity for Meharrians to thoroughly review all of the educational policies and activities leading to the M.D. degree and develop processes for Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI). This will ensure we are providing the best educational experience for our current and future learners.
Based on the standards addressed by the LCME in data collection instrument (DCI) the continuous quality improvement instrument (CQI) dashboard was created during our self-study. Chairs for each standard committee, members of the college faculty, and staff were assigned as task force members to assist in the tracking and monitoring of the goals as set forward by the LCME standards. The LCME standard committees were charged with monitoring compliance.
As we proceed in generating the self-study and satisfying all of the requirements for LCME accreditation we need input from our entire Meharry community. Over the coming weeks, please look for communications to inform you of how we will work together in preparation for our site visit. We will include important information on our LCME website including how to contact us with your feedback.
Digna S. Forbes, M.D.
Interim Dean, Meharry Medical College School of Medicine