LCME Accreditation

The Saint Louis University School of Medicine is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accrediting body for medical education in the United States.

Following a planned site visit in October 2016, the LCME placed the school on probation after identifying areas of concern in SLU’s medical education program that must be addressed within the next two years. (These areas of concern do not involve patient care through SLU’s physician practice.) SLU is developing an immediate plan of action to address the issues and to have the probation status lifted.

A Message from the School of Medicine Dean  

LCME Remediation Update: Remediation Committees Organized
March 30, 2017

Dear SLU School of Medicine Supporter:

Thank you for the continued interest in our LCME remediation process.  We have been working diligently to organize our remediation plan.  On this website you will now see the committee and work group assignments and memberships.  Our committee and work groups have already begun some of the tasks, but they will begin meeting in the next two weeks and likely meet twice monthly for the next several months.  

Our Steering Committee will be led by Dr. Jerry Dwyer, a loyal SLU School of Medicine alumnus, whose enthusiasm for continued development of our School will move us forward.  The Steering Committee will meet twice monthly, or more often, to oversee the entire process.  Our work groups will be organized around the following themes: documentation, curriculum management, central oversight, and an observation committee and be led by Drs. Willmore, Miller, Behrns, and Pole, respectively.  

Once the work groups have met, we will post progress of our remediation actions for each of the citations on the website.   

I have had several conversations with the LCME secretariat regarding the remediation process.  To facilitate our remediation, the LCME will provide a consultative visit on July 13-14, 2017.  The first draft of our action plan will be due to the LCME on August 1, 2017, and it will be reviewed by the LCME Committee in October of 2017.  They will provide us feedback regarding the feasibility of our action plan.  

I have also been in contact with numerous other individuals who have been involved in LCME remediation.  I learned that the status of “accreditation with probation” had no effect on enrollment, the quality of students applying or those accepting enrollment, the placement of students in graduate medical education positions, or the long-term reputations of the schools.  

In addition, the medical students are working on a Points of Pride document that will share our accomplishments.  We will post this on the website as well.  

Again, thank you for the continued support and please contact us at som-deansoffice@slu.edu if you have questions.

Sincerely,

Kevin E. Behrns, MD
Vice President of Medical Affairs
Dean, School of Medicine

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