July 31, 2023 — Since opening its doors in 1956, the University of Florida College of Medicine has trained thousands of physicians who are committed to the highest ideals of the profession and who model an exceptional standard of care for communities in every state across the nation.
One way this standard of excellence is measured is via accreditation through the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, or LCME, which evaluates medical schools across the U.S. and Canada to verify that graduates exhibit the characteristics and skills necessary to lay the foundation for lifelong learning and outstanding patient care.
Following a comprehensive three-day site visit in January, the LCME notified the UF College of Medicine of its continued full accreditation for the maximum of eight years on June 30. LCME accreditation is a rigorous peer-reviewed process of quality assurance that ensures medical school graduates are prepared to enter residency training and meet the health care needs of the nation and beyond.
“LCME accreditation is the result of an 18-month self-study that involved well over 100 faculty, students and staff,” said Joseph Fantone, M.D., senior associate dean for educational affairs, who was instrumental in guiding the process. “Many strengths of the college and its medical education program were identified, as well as opportunities for further enhancement as we incorporate new discoveries and technologies in providing a more personalized approach in the care of our patients and communities.”
Other key members of the College of Medicine community involved in the process included Maureen Novak, M.D., assistant dean of medical education quality improvement & accreditation, Kathy Green, MLIS, C-SA, director of medical education quality improvement & accreditation, and leaders and members of several committees.
“This achievement reflects the dedication of faculty and staff across our college and our commitment to providing a world-class education for our future physicians, scientists and scholars,” said Colleen Koch, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., dean of the College of Medicine. “Thank you to our entire community for making the College of Medicine an innovative and inspiring place to learn.”
Visit lcme.org to learn more about accreditation.