October 12, 2021
The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston presented the official kick off of the Liaison Committee
on Medical Education re-accreditation process on October 7, 2021, in an LCME Virtual Town Hall led by Veronica Catanese, MD, MBA, the co-secretary of the Liaison Committee
on Medical Education (LCME). This marked the start of our official reaccreditation process.
In the session, Dr. Catanese discussed the purpose of LCME accreditation, the process and procedures that lead up to the in-person survey visit, and general information about what has been noted of particular issue in recent visits.
Over the next 12 months, we will seek input from a wide body of stakeholders including students, faculty, and staff members, with a focus on the four key components of the accreditation process: completion and review of the Data Collection Instrument
(DCI), a faculty-led Institutional Self Study, a student-led Independent Student Analysis, and a culminating survey visit by representatives from the LCME Jan. 23 to 25, 2023.
The re-accreditation process is an opportunity to use the external review, usually on an eight-year cycle, to take an in-depth look at the entire School of Medicine to ensure we are adhering to the highest standards set forth in delivering high quality
medical education. While the review process is extensive, it provides us with the opportunity to highlight our achievements and set new goals and expectations.
A continuous quality improvement system was put in place after our last visit and has provided ongoing oversight and actions to continue a positive trajectory. Over its lifetime the committee has reviewed all 12 of the LCME standards and 93 individual
elements, captured what is going well, and recommended new processes to address areas in need of improvement. As we launch into this re-accreditation year of data collection, we will build on the work that has been completed to date. In the coming
days we will be sending announcements and a broad set of invitations to all faculty, staff, and students to consider joining in the work that is still to be done in preparation for our visit.
I am confident that the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine faculty, staff, and students will lead us through this re-accreditation process to a survey visit that will highlight all our recent accomplishments and demonstrate all
that we have to offer over the next eight years.
Charles P. Mouton, MD, MS, MBA
Executive Vice President, Provost and Dean, School of Medicine
Thomas N. and Gleaves T. James Distinguished Chair