The Documents Are In.

The Documents Are In.

Today, the Department of Medical Education submitted a cohesive 600-page document—the Survey Package—to the LCME. The LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education) is the accrediting body for medical schools nationwide, and 2019 is our year to undergo the accreditation process. The first official step in the process was to do an in-depth self-study by collecting data on all aspects of our school, from the curriculum, down to whether there is locker space for students at Mount Sinai West. In mid-April we completed that process, and since then until 4:57 pm today, we have been writing, collating, organizing, and analyzing. The culmination of all that work was the Survey Package, which includes:

  • Graduation Questionnaire (GQ)—Highlights the School’s trends against national data
  • Independent Student Survey—Student-generated survey that analyzes multiple facets of the School and offers recommendations
  • Data Collection Instrument and Appendix—Addresses the LCME’s questions based on standards and elements that pertain to policies, procedures, and organizational structures
  • Self-Study Report—Thirty-five page narrative that highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the School and offers recommendations for future action
What’s Next?

Beginning next week, the LCME OPS team will host 24 boot camp sessions with targeted stakeholders to prepare for the upcoming site visit slated for October 2019.

How Can You Support the Process?

Stay Informed—Learn and understand how your work and role may be impacted by changes to policies and processes

Stay Connected—Read the Accreditation newsletters and emails, visit Change Now, ask questions, share information with colleagues, and encourage them to do the same

Get Involved—Schedule time for the LCME Site Visit; ask LCME OPS how you can get involved

Be Reflective—Provide feedback to the LCME OPS team to enhance operations and communications

How Can We Gauge Where We Are in the Process?

Here are a few resources you can review:

  1. Check out the Lunch and Learn session led by Dr. Muller
  2. Revisit the LCME timeline

LCME Site Visit: What You Need to Know

On June 13, the Department of Medical Education hosted an informational session about LCME and the accreditation process. During the session, David Muller, MD outlined key terminology, important dates, and expectations for our upcoming site visit. View the video below to learn about important roles in supporting the process, and what we are doing to prepare for our upcoming LCME site visit in October.

If you have questions or would like more information about the LCME Accreditation process, email



LCME January Updates

Independent Student Analysis Survey Closes

Thank you to the 348 students who took the time to complete the Independent Student Analysis Survey. Your participation allows us to develop a comprehensive picture of students’ perceptions of the medical education program and is vital to our commitment to excellence. The information drawn from this survey will guide our quality improvement efforts and strategic plan. Additionally, this survey, and its accompanied student-led analysis, will inform our instuitional self-study and be submitted to the LCME in August as a key component of our re-accreditation submission. Thank you again for your participation and insight.

In the Spotlight: Harinee Maiyuran

Third-year medical student Harinee Maiyuran, sat down with us to talk about her role in the LCME process. Learn more about her in our latest “In the Spotlight” interview.

Class Meetings

Two days in January, Drs. Muller and Fallar led discussions with third- and fourth-year students regarding student feedback from a variety of sources including the 2018 AAMC Graduation Questionnaire. The recordings of these sessions will be made available to third- and fourth-year students. Meetings for first- and second-year students were held in October and November. Recordings are now available for both meetings.

Student Nomination to LCME Committee

In 2018, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) opened up nominations for an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)-appointed student member for academic year 2019-20. Deans of LCME-accredited medical education programs can nominate only one student who will participate fully in LCME activities, including serving on one survey team during the year, and have full voting privileges at LCME meetings. The nominee must be a fourth-year medical student during the 2019-20 academic year.

We invited all third year students who currently serve as members of an LCME Self-Study Subcommittee to apply for nomination consideration. We are pleased to share with you that ISMMS has proudly submitted a nomination for Charles Sanky in recognition of his dedication to the LCME initiative as well as various contributions to improving the student experience at ISMMS! Congrats, Charles!

In the Spotlight: Harinee Maiyuran

What are some of the ways you think the LCME process impacts your day to day work?

From creating an expectation for the way our school should operate, to balancing the delicate yet vast responsibilities of a hospital, Sinai has countless people to serve, and a million different responsibilities. Using LCME guidelines helps ensure consistency across not only our medical school but also across the many, many medical schools throughout the country. Ultimately, the goal is to create the best doctors possible, and consistency is a vital component of those who are considered the best. The environment cultivated by the LCME process will determine how we carry out our work each day.

What do you think you can contribute to the LCME process?

As a student, I have the opportunity to interact with the medical school in a unique way. I enjoy thinking about the impact of administrators and teachers on our daily lives, and appreciate Sinai’s willingness to hear student feedback and make positive change based on our opinions. The LCME process has provided the perfect space to share my thoughts and reflections. Living the Sinai experience means that I also get the opportunity to take some of the ideas students have during conversations within ourselves, and transmit them to those in charge…the “adults,” if you will.

Harinee Maiyuran

Medical Student, Class of 2020 

LCME Role: Educational Program for MD Degree Subcommittee

What is your favorite vacation destination

My favorite vacation destination is home, Southern California. The ability to go to the beach, the city, and the mountains in a single day is a special one, and I love that I get to call such a place home. The impact of the outdoors on my mental health and sanity cannot be understated.

LCME November/December Update

LCME November/December Update

Updates on the LCME Self-Study Process



LCME self-study subcommittees have been meeting regularly and diligently analyzing our internal data, policies, and processes with the goal of understanding strengths and exploring areas for change.  Each subcommittee has been meeting to divide the workload and begin drafting  responses to the self-study summary report questions.


Subcommittee Co-Chairs and Key Staff will get together next week to discuss best practices, challenges, and next steps in the self-study process along with Dr. Muller, Michelle Sainte, and Shashi Anand. Upon completion of the subcommittee reports in March 2019, the LCME Task Force will review the the reports and prepare a Self-Study Summary that will be submitted to the LCME in June.


Dr. Muller led a discussion with first-year students in October and second-year students in November  regarding student feedback  from a variety of sources including the 2018 AAMC Graduation Questionnaire. The recordings from these sessions will be made available to first- and second-year students in the coming days. Meetings with third- and fourth-year students will be held in January 2019.

In the Spotlight: Bee Jaworski

Bee Jaworski, Year 1 Course Coordinator sat down with us to talk about her role in the LCME process. Learn more about Bee in our latest “In the Spotlight” interview.

Last, but Not Least—Congratulations

Join us in congratulating the Faculty Subcommittee for being the first group to answer the a section of the LCME Self-Study Question. There are more rewards in store to recognize outstanding work and commitment!