The MD undergraduate program is fully accredited.
“Accreditation is a process by which institutions and programs voluntarily undergo an extensive peer evaluation of their compliance with accepted standards for educational quality. Through accreditation, the CACMS provides assurance to medical students, graduates, the medical profession, healthcare institutions, health authorities, regulatory authorities and the public that: (1) Educational programs culminating in the award of the M.D. degree meet reasonable, generally-accepted, and appropriate national standards for educational quality, and (2) graduates of such programs have a complete and valid educational experience sufficient to prepare them for the next stage of their training.”
- Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS)
The accreditation of Medical Schools occur on an 8-year cycle, addressing the following twelve standards:
Standard 1: Mission, Planning, Organization, and Integrity;
Standard 2: Leadership and Administration;
Standard 3: Academic and Learning Environments;
Standard 4: Faculty Preparation, Productivity, Participation, and Policies;
Standard 5: Educational Resources and Infrastructure;
Standard 6: Competencies, Curricular Objectives, and Curricular Design;
Standard 7: Curricular Content;
Standard 8: Curricular Management, Evaluation, and Enhancement;
Standard 9: Teaching, Supervision, Assessment, and Student and Patient Safety;
Standard 10: Medical Student Selection, Assignment, and Progress;
Standard 11: Medical Student Academic Support, Career Advising, and Educational Records;
Standard 12: Medical Student Health Services, Personal Counseling, and Financial Aid.
For further information about the CACMS, please visit their website.
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Accreditation helps us to measure “what we do” against “what we are supposed to be doing". It is an external lens that describes the levels of attainment of our day-to-day work against best practice… It is an examination of all the processes and resources involved in the provision of high quality education. It is a systematic review that will show how well our functions and activities: teaching and academic programs, research and scholarship, staffing, buildings, faculties, equipment, services to the community and the academic environment meet the needs of our students, the university and the general public.
Accreditation provides a reliable vehicle for quality improvement: It is an opportunity for each of the parties involved in the formation of our future doctors, to improve function, structure and performance. It is a vehicle for change! Ultimately, our college Accreditation is a necessary condition for our program’s graduates to be licensed as physicians. Without Accreditation we cannot exist as a teaching institution.
The Max Rady College of Medicine is currently working on the areas that the 2015 Interim Accreditation Survey highlighted to be in need of improvement.
The next CACMS Full Accreditation Site Visit will take place during the 2018-2019 academic year, scheduled on April 28 - May 1, 2019
As a needed first step in preparation for the Full Survey, an External Review of the UGME program has been scheduled on April 8 - 11, 2018