MD Program accreditation
Undergraduate medical programs in Canada leading to the MD degree are accredited through a partnership between the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Programs must conduct a full survey of institutional resources, educational resources, curricular content, faculty complement, and student services every eight years. This institutional self-study includes an independently conducted student analysis and a site visit by a team of external reviewers.
The MD Program at the University of Toronto completed its last self-study and site visit in May 2012. At that time, CACMS and LCME renewed the accreditation of the MD Program for an additional eight years, noting that monitoring and follow-up were required for nine out of a total of 128 accreditation standards. In October 2015, the program received notification that it is now in full compliance with all accreditation standards.
Read a message from Dean Trevor Young regarding the accreditation decision. The MD Program’s next full accreditation self-study and site visit will take place in academic year 2019-2020.
New accreditation standards & interim review process
CACMS and LCME have recently revised their accreditation standards. Accreditation data must now be reported on 12 standards, each with a number of associated elements. Compliance with a total of 94 elements must now be reviewed and reported in advance of the accreditation site visit.
All Canadian MD programs are now also required to undertake an Interim Accreditation Review. Approved by the AFMC Council of Deans, the Interim Accreditation Review is an important component of continuous quality improvement in medical education. The interim review is intended to take place at approximately the half-way point between full accreditation visits, and will allow individual programs to:
- detect emerging problems with standards
- identify critical issues requiring more immediate action
- increase local accreditation expertise
- develop a culture of continuous quality improvement
Under the leadership of the Faculty’s Interim Review Coordinator (IRC), Dr. Martin Schreiber, an interim survey team of faculty and students has been working to review accreditation-related data. Along with several groups of key stakeholders, the Faculty’s IRC and an external IRC from another Canadian MD program, will review the data collected on each standard during a site visit lasting 1.5-2 days. The results of that site visit will form the basis of a confidential, formative report to the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, with observations of the strengths of the MD Program, along with any areas of concern that should be addressed in preparation for the full accreditation self-study and site visit in 2019-2020.
The MD Program's Interim Accreditation Review is scheduled to take place on March 28 & 29, 2017. The External IRC for the site visit will be Dr. Robert Whyte, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University.
Additional information on the interim accreditation review and general accreditation procedures
- An Overview of the Interim Accreditation Review Process (IRP)
- AFMC Interim Accreditation Survey Guide (January 2014)
- An Overview of the 12 Accreditation Standards (with reference to former accreditation criteria)
- Full AFMC Checklists for Standards and Elements
- CACMS Accreditation Procedures
- LCME Standards, Publications, and White Papers