Why do we need to conduct an Interim Accreditation Review?
The Council of Deans of Canadian medical schools agreed in 2009 to initiate an interim review process in order to avoid the intense effort associated with de novo preparations for full accreditation surveys, to encourage a culture of Continuous Quality Improvement, and to improve the success of Canadian schools in the accreditation process.
What is the difference between a regular accreditation survey and an interim review?
A regular survey involves much more work and involvement; over 100 persons are being engaged as committee members and key contributors for our preparations for the 2018 survey. An important component of the regular survey is the preparation of the Medical School self-study, the objective of which is to assess the current operations and policies, and to recommend improvements. The interim review has the more restricted objective of assessing compliance with the existing standards, and recommending means of improving in those areas thought to benefit from change. It will primarily be carried out by an administrative team of two persons, and a committee of about eight faculty and students.
Who will be involved?
A relatively small committee of clinical and basic science faculty members, students, and the Director of Accreditation and Accreditation Review Coordinator will review all standards, and prepare a report outlining areas that may be at risk for less than full compliance, with recommendations for corrective measures. The resulting report will be reviewed by leadership of the Faculty to determine appropriate actions to be undertaken.
How long, and how much effort, will this take?
Eighteen months is envisaged for the complete process. It is anticipated that the committee will meet every two weeks. Preparation of the wealth of data required to give sound judgments on compliance with all standards will require contributions from many administrative staff, curriculum leaders, and students.
Are other medical schools doing this?
The interim review process has only been adopted by the 17 Canadian medical schools, though the LCME and U.S. schools are watching with interest. By the Fall of 2016, ten of the Canadian medical schools had completed the Interim Review process, and the remaining seven schools had committed to the process.