Accreditation

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.

 

LCME findings about the medical degree program >

A Message from Dean Sonja Harris-Haywood M.D., M.S., MA

Meharry Medical College School of Medicine is proactively gearing up for our upcoming Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) survey visit scheduled for April 8-9, 2024. Following the LCME’s recommendation to place our medical degree program on probation in December 2022, we have seized this opportunity to implement substantial operational and infrastructure enhancements. It is important to note that our program remains accredited, and the probation status has been instrumental in driving positive changes within the School of Medicine.

 

Alongside the School of Medicine, we have taken a proactive approach to address the feedback and concerns of students. To field your needs, the School of Medicine has provided monthly town hall meetings and ‘You Asked, We Did!’ logs – which were well received by students based on their feedback on transparency. Following the last survey visit, the Assistant Secretary for LCME and Director of Medical Education provided positive feedback for the School of Medicine. In September 2023, we began working with experts who specialize in LCME accreditation to help with operational remediations. Some remediations include:

 

  • At least 60 classrooms, conference rooms, and study rooms upgraded with new technology including monitors, stationary webcams, conferencing cameras, new audio systems, ceiling microphones for conference calls, and new laser projectors.

 

Finally, we will have an LCME mock survey visit in the first week of March and an official survey visit during the second week of April. Dr. Monique Bennerman-Duncan, Sr. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, plans to contact students for their participation in both visits. I look forward to the outcome after the April site visit and am extremely confident in redefining Meharry Medical College School of Medicine as a top-tier medical institution.

 

Sincerely,
Sonja Harris-Haywood, M.D., M.S., MA
Dean, Meharry Medical College School of Medicine