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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

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The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine has preliminary accreditation

About medical school accreditation

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) governs allopathic medical schools in the U.S. The LCME requires licensee institutions to undergo a rigorous self-examination process. It ensures that each school has the infrastructure necessary to provide a quality education to students.

Before schools can begin recruiting students, they must earn preliminary LCME accreditation. After a nearly year-long process, the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine received preliminary accreditation on October 18, 2016.

The college is currently undergoing its provisional accreditation process in winter 2019. Following provisional accreditation, it must complete one more round of accreditation review before it is awarded full accreditation.

Office of Accreditation

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine’s Office of Accreditation oversees the medical school’s work to achieve and maintain LCME accreditation. The office is responsible for updating, maintaining and implementing the LCME Data Collection Instrument (DCI) and the Self Study document. It is charged with making sure the medical school is in continuous compliance with LCME standards while striving for excellence in medical education and patient care using standards based upon continuous quality leadership principles.


John Tomkowiak, MD, MOL
Founding Dean
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Kenneth P. Roberts, PhD
Vice Dean for Academic and Community Partnerships
(Liaison to the LCME)
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James Zimmerman
Vice Dean of Administration, Accreditation and Finance
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Accreditation standards

Current LCME Data Collection Instrument (DCI) standards

The LCME sets forth 12 standards that a new medical school must meet.

Current DCINext revisionStandards
December 2018Fall 2020Standard 1: Mission, Planning, Organization, and Integrity
December 2018Fall 2020Standard 2: Leadership and Administration
December 2018Fall 2020Standard 3: Academic and Learning Environments
December 2018Fall 2020Standard 4: Faculty Preparation, Productivity, Participation, and Policies
December 2018Fall 2020Standard 5: Educational Resources and Infrastructure
December 2018Fall 2020Standard 6: Competencies, Curricular Objectives, and Curricular Design
December 2018Fall 2020Standard 7: Curricular Content
December 2018Fall 2020Standard 8: Curricular Management, Evaluation, and Enhancement
December 2018Fall 2020Standard 9: Teaching, Supervision, Assessment, and Student and Patient Safety
December 2018Fall 2020Standard 10: Medical Student Selection, Assignment, and Progress
December 2018Fall 2020Standard 11: Medical Student Academic Support, Career Advising, and Educational Records
December 2018Fall 2020Standard 12: Medical Student Health Services, Personal Counseling, and Financial Aid Services
Institutional self-study for preliminary accreditation

An institutional self‑study is a required component of the accreditation process. It identifies institutional strengths and develops plans to address areas of need.

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine united faculty, administrators, university leadership, legislators and staff, clinical affiliates, practicing clinicians, and community stakeholders to conduct an institutional self-study. It was conducted face-to-face, on all four of the WSU campuses (Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett) that are planned as the distributed regional clinical sites for the medical education program. The Office of Accreditation created a summary report (pdf) based on feedback from the self-study events.

Standards Based Continuous Quality Leadership (SBCQL) program

A medical school engages in ongoing planning and continuous quality improvement processes that establish short and long-term programmatic goals, result in the achievement of measurable outcomes that are used to improve programmatic quality, and ensure effective monitoring of the medical education program’s compliance with accreditation standards.

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine aims to build a lasting infrastructure of human talent, information technology and continuous quality improvement processes that work together to achieve excellence in medical education and patient care. Core customers are medical students and clinical patients.

SBCQL program goals
  • Real time compliance status and performance trends
  • Identification of opportunities to achieve excellence at reasonable cost
  • Adverse trends always addressed using CQI methods Model for Improvement, LEAN, Six Sigma, etc.
  • DCI documents always current and available
  • LCME ASSET database always current

Strategic plan

Achieving accreditation is one component of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine strategic plan.