Accreditation is a standards-based peer-review process that reviews the Doctor of Medicine (MD) programs ensuring it possesses the essential processes and meets the mandated elements consistent with quality in medical education.
It is an external lens applied by a team of four peers and reviewed / revised centrally in Washington that independently views the MD programs against best practices and looks to agree that it meets the norm for medical education aligned with needs of our society, funders, students and university.
Accreditation certification communicates to leaders, peers, the university, future and present students, present and upcoming faculty, funding bodies and staff that the MD program possesses a pedagogically sound program aligned with the strategic plan, mission, vision and values of the medical school and the university.
As a Canadian medical school, the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University is accredited by tthe Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS).
Accreditation is an ongoing quality improvement process that culminates in an external site review once every eight years. Similar to curriculum it is not static but a fluid process. The site visit is a “snap shot” of the MD curriculum at that time.
The MD program at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry was fully accredited in 2015. The next full accreditation will take place in 2023.