From the Dean

June 19, 2018


Later today, Virginia Tech will announce that the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine has cleared two important accreditation hurdles to officially become Virginia Tech’s ninth college on July 1.

Today, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) announced its approval for the medical school to become part of the university, and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) notified the university of their final approval for integration last week.

In light of this very exciting news, I wanted you to know about this important development as soon as I could.

Thanks to many of you who have served on integration committees and/or have done other work to support this undertaking. It is exciting to be so close to the finish line.



The Whys and Hows of Accreditation

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in the United States and Canada.

LCME is jointly sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association. LCME accreditation is required in most states for licensing graduates and receiving federal financial aid.

The LCME accreditation process has two general purposes:

  1. to certify that a medical education program meets prescribed standards, and
  2. to promote institutional self-evaluation and improvement.

Accreditation is a two year process which includes planning, data collection, self-evaluation and analysis, and report writing. The process concludes with a four day on-site survey visit.

The summary report resulting from this process provides an evaluation of the quality of the medical education program, and the adequacy of the resources that support it. This report serves as the basis upon which LCME makes its accreditation decision. Their evaluation is based on 12 standards in five general areas: institutional setting (administration, governance and academic environment), educational programs, student experience, faculty, and institutional resources, including finances and facilities.

Adapted from The Self-Study Process, Harvard Medical School

Independent Student Analysis (ISA)

Part of the accreditation process involves an independent review by student leadership of relevant topic areas, such as the medical education program, student services, the learning environment, and the adequacy of educational resources. This analysis is compiled into a report that includes results of a student opinion questionnaire and an analysis and interpretation of the findings.

The ISA team, chaired by Adam Tate, Class of 2018, completed its work last spring.