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Message from Dean Strong:

Our 2015 UME Accreditation visit wrapped up on April 13, 2015. Throughout the nearly four days of meetings and interviews, we had the opportunity to share information about the strengths of our UME Program and School, while highlighting the many accomplishments of our faculty, staff, residents and students.

We are very pleased with the visit and we are grateful to everyone who was involved. We will formally receive our results in October 2015, and we look forward to sharing the news with you at that time. Thanks to everyone who assisted with the planning and preparation of the visit, and who participated in the meetings and interviews.

A special note of thanks goes to Dr. Shannon Venance, who served as the faculty lead for the UME Accreditation, Matt Wannan, who served as the logistics coordinator, and Susan Paroutis, who served as administrative lead, and to all the members of the UME team.

Dr. Michael J. Strong
Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry,
Western University

What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is an ongoing quality improvement process that culminates in an external site review once every eight years. It is a standards-based peer review process that demonstrates Schulich Medicine & Dentistry possesses the essential elements for quality education programs. Essentially it is an external lens that assures that the program meets the needs of stakeholders, including students, parents, the university and the general public. It guarantees for the public that we have a pedagogically sound program that is aligned with the School’s and the University’s plan, mission, vision and values.

As a Canadian undergraduate medical program, we are accredited by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME) and the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS). This is the next accreditation to which the school will be subject.

Leading the School’s process were Dr. Shannon Venance, Interim Accreditation Coordinator and Matt Wannan, Manager, UME, with Faculty across the School playing a key role in the success of the accreditation process.