MD Program accreditation
Undergraduate medical education 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). Full accreditation reviews of each medical school occur on an eight year cycle.
Full accreditation for the MD Program
The MD Program at the University of Toronto is fully accredited for the 2012-2020 accreditation term.
The program's last full accreditation visit was in May 2012. In October 2015, after required monitoring and follow-up, the program was notified that it is in full compliance with all accreditation standards. Read a message from Dean Trevor Young regarding the accreditation decision.
Medical school self-study and site visit
The MD Program's next full accreditation self-study and site visit will take place in academic year 2019-2020.
The CACMS/LCME accreditation process is comprised of a completed Data Collection Instrument (DCI), a Medical School Self-Study report (MSS), an Independent Student Analysis (ISA), and an on-site visit by a team of external peer reviewers. For more information, please see the CACMS Accreditation Procedures.
Individuals and teams from across the Faculty of Medicine community at UofT will be asked to assist with the completion of the DCI, which is organized according to the 12 CACMS accreditation standards. Each standard is further subdivided into a number of elements, to a total of 96. Program-specific data must be reported for each element.
A Self-Study Steering Committee and several sub-committees will be appointed by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and the Vice Dean, MD Program. The Steering Committee will complete the final MSS report, which includes a comprehensive review of all aspects of the MD Program and highlights ongoing quality improvement initiatives since the last full accreditation survey and visit.
The student voice is particularly important to the accreditation process. In addition to responses to the AFMC Graduation Questionnaire, students in all four years of the program are asked to participate in an Independent Student Analysis (ISA). Students will complete a survey regarding all aspects of the program. A team of current students will analyze the survey responses and provide a report to the Self-Study Steering Committee and the CACMS visiting team.
An on-site visit will be conducted by a team of medical educators from peer medical schools across Canada. The visit will take place over several days, during which the visiting team will meet with groups of students, faculty, and staff to assist in determining compliance with the 12 CACMS accreditation standards.
The Interim Accreditation Review process
All Canadian MD programs also undertake an Interim Accreditation Review (IAR), which takes place at approximately the half-way point between full accreditation surveys. The Interim Accreditation Review is an important component of continuous quality improvement in medical education, and allows 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
The University of Toronto's IAR took place during the 2016-2017 academic year, culminating in a site visit with an external reviewer in March 2017.
A confidential, formative report generated by the internal IAR Survey Team and with comments from the external reviewer identified several strengths of the program, including diversity initiatives, curricular innovation, and faculty development. The report also made recommendations with respect to a number of accreditation elements that require follow-up in anticipation of the next full survey and visit in 2019-2020.
The MD Program Executive Committee has oversight of the follow-up on the IAR recommendations. These activities range from additional data collection and analysis of current program activities to implementation of new initiatives to ensure continuous quality improvement across all aspects of the MD Program at the University of Toronto.