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Max Rady College of Medicine MD program fully accredited for eight years

November 13, 2019 — 

The University of Manitoba Max Rady College of Medicine Undergraduate Medical Education program received full accreditation of its program leading to an MD degree until 2027-28 and received one of the most positive results nation-wide since new accreditation standards were implemented in 2013.

The rigorous accreditation process, which takes place every eight years for Canada’s 17 medical schools, is led by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada and the Liaison Committee of Medical Education (LCME) of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

“This is an extremely positive result and one that speaks to the incredible amount of work and commitment to a high-quality teaching and learning environment by the college’s leadership, faculty, staff, students and our partners and affiliates in health care,” said Dr. Brian Postl, Dean, Max Rady College of Medicine and Dean, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.

The three-day accreditation site visit to the Max Rady College of Medicine took place in April 2019 by representatives of CACMS and LCME. In advance, the college undertook an institutional self study and prepared a comprehensive  Data Collection Instrument (DCI) which answered, addressed and supported each of the required elements in 12 broadly themed standards. As well, the Manitoba Medical Students’ Association provided an Independent Student Analysis report to the accrediting bodies in advance of the survey visit.

“At the conclusion of the visit, the surveyors cited the Max Rady College of Medicine’s commitment to social accountability as a leader amongst Canadian medical schools. As well, the surveyors commended our leadership in academics and health care in the province and pointed to the successful implementation of the new UGME curriculum,” Postl said, adding many improvements were implemented over the last several years to benefit the college’s learners, learning environment, faculty and the MD program as a whole.

The CACMS and the LCME voted to grant full accreditation for the maximum eight-year term and requested a status report on nine elements for review in September 2021. Out of a total of 94 elements, there were three elements assessed as unsatisfactory and six assessed as satisfactory with monitoring. The college has begun to address each of these.

Dean Brian Postl and Dr. Aaron Chiu, associate dean, quality improvement and accreditation, presented on how the nine elements identified are being addressed and next steps at a Town Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

“The accreditation process, while occurring every eight years, is not an end point. It is an ongoing opportunity for quality improvements and to evaluate and enhance the education, the learning environment and to improve accountability to the public we serve,” Postl said.

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