Implementing a Course Review Process for a Continuous Quality Improvement Model for a Medical School Curriculum

Cassandra S. Ward, Amy Andrade, Lena Walker-Winfree
2018 Journal of health care for the poor and underserved  
In 1901, Abraham Flexner, a research scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, visited 155 medical schools in the United States and Canada to assess medical education. Flexner's recommendations became the foundation for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education accreditation, a voluntary, peer-reviewed quality assurance process to determine whether a medical education program meets established standards. 4 The Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, a historically
more » ... Black college/ university (HBCU) established the Office of Curriculum Evaluation and Effectiveness in 2013 to ensure the consistent monitoring of the medical education program's compliance with accreditation standards. The motto and logo, LCME 24/ 7, highlight the school's emphasis on meeting accreditation standards. The school uses the 1994 Plan-Do-Study-Act Cycle for Learning and Improvement for continuous review of course content, outcomes, and evaluations. This process identifies strengths, challenges, and opportunities for innovative steps for continuous quality improvements to the curriculum.
doi:10.1353/hpu.2018.0007 pmid:29503288 fatcat:lhhab2axunfc7bwfglnbuimi7m