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SMHS Receives Full, Eight-Year Accreditation

By Caroline Trent-Gurbuz

The GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) received full accreditation for an eight-year term from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), June 22. The accreditation process, which determines whether an M.D. program meets established LCME standards, involves an intensive three-day site visit.

SMHS Receives LCME

Programs must demonstrate that graduates exhibit professional competencies appropriate for the next stage of training, and those competencies need to serve as a foundation for lifelong learning and proficient medical care.

“This is an outstanding outcome — and I am grateful to the incredible team of students, faculty, staff, and deans who worked extremely hard to achieve this result,” says Jeffrey S. Akman, M.D. ’81, RESD ’85, vice president for health affairs, Walter A. Bloedorn Professor of Administrative Medicine, and dean of SMHS.

The formal LCME report indicated that the SMHS M.D. program was in compliance with all accreditation standards, with two classified as “compliance in need of monitoring.”

“This was a remarkable accreditation survey that gives us much to be proud of,” says Richard J. Simons, M.D., senior associate dean for M.D. programs, who led the LCME accreditation effort for SMHS. “As we move forward, we will continue to strive for excellence on all levels of medical education.”