LCME Accreditation 2014: Dean's Note

Harris Berman MD Dean

Harris Berman, MD, Dean

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) will be conducting a site visit to Tufts University School of Medicine in 2014, from February 2nd through the 5th. The LCME is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the MD degree in U.S. and Canadian medical schools. Reaccreditation is required of all medical schools approximately every eight years.

Since our last site visit in 2006, we have seen remarkable changes and advancements in our MD program. The first on-campus Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCE) were held in our new Clinical Skills and Simulation Center in 2008. Also in 2008, we further enhanced our relationship with Maine Medical Center by accepting the first class of students into the Maine Track Program. The year 2009 brought the opening of the renovated Sackler Center for Medical Education, and with it a home for our four newly established learning communities and a facility that could accommodate the technology enhancements to space necessary for the implementation of our new curriculum.  In 2010, the Competency-based Apprenticeship in Primary Care was launched, allowing students to develop tangible skills related to caring for patients.  

We have also focused on noted areas of concern from the last accreditation visit. New revenue opportunities have been created through the development of several academic programs, most recently a Doctorate in Public Health and a Physician Assistant Program; fund-raising efforts have been strengthened in an effort to lower the level indebtedness of our students;  and investments have been made in both faculty recruitment and research facility renovations.  The appointment of a Dean for Multicultural Affairs and Global Health, and the creation of the Innovations in Diversity Education Awards underscore our commitment to improving the diversity of our student body and our faculty.

We established this website to keep you updated throughout the current process, and I encourage you to visit the site frequently. Involvement of the entire TUSM community is an essential element to a successful outcome; your commitment will ensure our continued excellence and leadership in medical education.

I look forward to working together and thank you in advance for your support in moving this important project along.

Harris A. Berman, MD