Thursday, August 13, 2009

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine Given Maximum Accreditation Term

Liaison Committee of Medical Education Accredited Stritch for Eight Years

MAYWOOD, Ill. – The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) has granted Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine its maximum term of eight years’ accreditation. This acknowledges Stritch’s excellence in medical education including meeting or exceeding the national standards for structure, function and performance. With graduates already in demand by residency programs across the nation, the accreditation adds to the accolades that recognize Stritch as a leader in medical education and research.

“The LCME accreditation is a powerful endorsement of our school’s programs and commitment to mission. The Stritch School of Medicine is rightfully proud of its students. We are fortunate to have a wonderful and dedicated faculty and staff that each day work to prepare the next generation of physician leaders,” said Dr. Richard L. Gamelli, dean, Stritch School of Medicine.

The process included gathering data and information from all facets of the school that were analyzed by the LCME. This was followed by a two-day site visit where numerous people that included interviews of administration, faculty and students.

“This process was a real team effort. It was great to work with people from all over the health system and see what an excellent job everyone is doing. The outside affirmation was nice as well and beneficial to know that all the hard work is not going unnoticed,” said Dr. Gregory Gruener, senior associate dean educational affairs.

LCME survey team members commended Stritch for its educational program noting that it is highly innovative in addressing established competencies of life-long learning and professionalism. Students’ ability to concentrate in research and professional ethics also were praised. Other strengths noted by the team included programs designed to help students adjust to medical school. Stand-outs were the Patient Centered Medicine course, which builds relationships between faculty and students through a four-year mentoring program; the support network offered through the University Ministry office; and the Teaching and Learning Center which provides programs to help students understand, organize and manage in light of their new responsibilities.

In addition to excellence in medical education, the visit emphasized Stritch’s mission to reach beyond the walls of the classroom and laboratory in discovering what it means to also treat the human spirit. The survey team found this evident throughout the institution and exemplified by the Stritch students saying, “They exhibit an exceptional spirit of service and community, actively seeking to serve disadvantaged patients locally, nationally and internationally.”

According to the team, the Loyola University Medical Center campus is a wonderful environment for clinical education. It is enhanced by facilities, such as the John and Herta Cuneo Medical Education Center that provides clinical skills and simulation areas that are adaptable to changing curricular needs and the Loyola Center for Fitness that provides extensive amenities to promote student wellness.

“From administrative leadership to students, there is a tone and expectation of collegiality and professionalism that permeates the entire academic health center,” wrote Dan Hunt, MD, MBA, in the full survey team report.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.