News at Medicine - June 2015 - Memorial receives top marks for MD accreditation

Memorial receives top marks for MD accreditation
June 19, 2015
Following an accreditation survey visit conducted in February 2015, the medical doctor (MD) program of Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine was found to be in compliance with all 131 accreditation standards. This finding maintains Memorial’s record of full accreditation since the opening of the medical school in 1969.
“Maintaining accreditation is extremely important as it is an external validation of the excellent medical education offered here at Memorial,” said President Gary Kachanoski. “It is a continuation of our commitment to addressing the health care needs for Newfoundland and Labrador by educating tomorrow’s physicians. Congratulations to all those whose hard work led to this recognition.”

Dean of Medicine, Dr. James Rourke, explained that the successful accreditation outcome was due to collaboration among faculty, staff and students. “This outcome is a result of great team work by many people, especially Dr. Don McKay and the people of the undergraduate medical education program, and Dr. Scott Moffatt and the people of the student affairs office. It really reflects Memorial University’s commitment to excellence.”
Recently, the medical school expanded the class size of its four-year MD program from 60 to 80 students. The additional 20 students are all from Newfoundland and Labrador. To accommodate the class expansion, the Faculty of Medicine opened its new medical education building in 2014, thanks to the generous support of the provincial government. This building includes learning spaces equipped with advanced technology and a state-of-the-art clinical simulation centre. These facilities are enhancing the learning environment for students and for the delivery of a new, enriched curriculum. The curriculum, which was implemented in 2013, better aligns with accreditation standards and enhances the focus on the health needs of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. The first class to complete the new program will graduate in 2017.
The next full accreditation survey will occur during the 2020-21 academic year. In the interim, a status report will be filed in eight areas due to innovations related to the implementation of the new MD curriculum, the new building and the expanded class size.
Memorial University’s MD program is jointly accredited by the Committee on the Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) and the U.S.-based Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). The rigorous accreditation process ensures that MD programs meet quality benchmarks for educating future doctors. Medical schools demonstrating compliance with most standards are eligible to receive accreditation.