New York, NY (PRWEB) March 19, 2012
Dennis S. Charney, MD, Dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, announced today that the school has received reaccreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the premier authority responsible for accrediting all Medical Doctor (MD) programs in the United States and Canada. Mount Sinai was reaccredited for the maximum term of eight years.
Medical schools must demonstrate compliance with LCME standards in five areas: institutional and educational programs, medical students, faculty, and educational resources. Only LCME-accredited institutions may receive federal grants for medical education and participate in federal loan programs. Through accreditation, the LCME assures medical students and graduates, members of the medical profession, health care institutions, and the public that MD programs meet the highest educational standards and that graduates of these medical schools have complete educational experience sufficient to prepare them for the next stage of their training.
“We are very pleased to have met the high standards of the LCME in securing reaccreditation for our MD program,” said Dr. Charney. “Considering how much of a challenge this designation has been for medical schools across the country, we are proud of the hard work and dedication of David Muller, MD, Dean of Medical Education, and our faculty, staff, and students, in achieving it.”
The accreditation process consists of a rigorous self-assessment, a four-day site visit from a panel of LCME reviewers, and completion of a student survey, which is then reviewed by the LCME panel. The self-assessment is completed over a two- to three-month period during which the medical school must compile a comprehensive database from the findings to be evaluated by the LCME reviewers.
Mount Sinai School of Medicine created a steering committee and several task forces, which were responsible for each of the five areas of review. Led by Dr. Muller, preparations for the site visit began nearly two years ago and involved the participation of hundreds of faculty, staff, and students.
The entire Mount Sinai student body was surveyed, which helped inform the reaccreditation process. Seven committees of nearly 175 faculty staff and students met weekly for four months to prepare for the site visit. The steering committee issued a bi-weekly communiqué and held monthly town hall meetings throughout the process to keep the greater medical school community informed. Seventy-five representatives from all areas in the medical school met with the site visitors during a four-day visit, resulting in a successful program reaccreditation.
“Seeing so many of our faculty and students collaborating to make this process a success has been a privilege,” said Dr. Muller. “I am delighted that the LCME has recognized Mount Sinai School of Medicine for our commitment to excellence in education.”
About The Mount Sinai Medical Center
The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Established in 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is one of the leading medical schools in the United States. The Medical School is noted for innovation in education, biomedical research, clinical care delivery, and local and global community service. It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 14 research institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and by US News and World Report.
The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2011, US News and World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital 16th on its elite Honor Roll of the nation’s top hospitals based on reputation, safety, and other patient-care factors. Of the top 20 hospitals in the United States, Mount Sinai is one of 12 integrated academic medical centers whose medical school ranks among the top 20 in NIH funding and US News and World Report and whose hospital is on the US News and World Report Honor Roll. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 560,000 outpatient visits took place.
For more information, visit http://www.mountsinai.org/.
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