Thursday, October 31, 2013
Today, the LCME secretariats spent the day meeting with more than 63 invited faculty, administrators, students and interprofessional colleagues and staff. There was a palpable feeling of seriousness, coupled with enthusiasm, for getting a better understanding of what we, as a school, need to do: We need to not only meet the expectations of our colleagues on the LCME, but also use this time as an opportunity to better ourselves for the long haul.
I wanted to share with everyone an email I sent out at the end of the day to all who participated in the meetings. I believe it expresses my sentiments regarding the usefulness of the day and the pride that I felt for all of us who have been put in a difficult situation but are working tirelessly to right the ship.
I just wanted to say thank you for your participation in today's LCME secretariat visit. The visit met all my expectations.
You were collegial, inquisitive, positive yet concerned. You listened well. You asked great questions.
I hope you feel as I do that we have a much better road map as to how we can be successful with this next submission of documents for the LCME: Our goal is to have them successfully remove the non-compliance standards to the compliance with monitoring category.
There is much work yet to be done, but I think today was a good day for CMS and you were an important part of it.
John Tomkowiak MD, MOL
Dean Chicago Medical School