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 had the opportunity to host the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for an accreditation site visit March 21-23, 2022. During this time, the Survey Team had the opportunity to evaluate our educational program and speak with Meharry students, faculty and staff. Recently, we received a complete report of their findings and the LCME highlighted some areas of concern.
The Liaison Committee on Medical Education has decided to place our medical degree program on probation. We are, of course, disappointed to be in this position, but we appreciate LCME’s feedback and are confident in our ability to successfully address the LCME findings. Prior to the site visit, we had already identified and made progress on several of the issues as part of our larger strategic planning process.
Probationary status does not impact our medical degree program’s accreditation nor our students’ degrees and futures. Our program is still accredited, and our day-to-day operations and classes will continue as normal.
We are committed to being as transparent as possible throughout the process toward resolution, and will communicate regularly with students, faculty, staff and supporters. Meharry will take this opportunity to grow stronger as a 21st century medical school and is grateful for the continued support from our community.
Digna S. Forbes, M.D.
Interim Dean, Meharry Medical College School of Medicine