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Accreditation is a process by which institutions and programs voluntarily undergo an extensive peer evaluation of their compliance with accepted standards for educational quality. In Canada, accreditation of undergraduate medical education is undertaken by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS).  Full accreditation reviews of each medical school occur on an eight-year cycle.

NOSM has embraced accreditation as part of its philosophy of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI). The accreditation process is an opportunity for us to identify and implement necessary changes.

Accreditation is a whole school responsibility and requires a collaborative approach.


CACMS Accreditation Update – UME Program

On May 31, 2023, the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) issued its decision letter and findings to NOSM U in follow up to the accreditation Limited Site Visit of the UME program conducted in October 2022. The Limited Site Visit was focussed on 23 elements identified as either “Satisfactory with a need for monitoring” or “Unsatisfactory” after the Full Site Visit in 2020 or as potentially concerning due to the insolvency proceedings at Laurentian University.

The CACMS decision was to continue the accreditation for the remainder of the 8-year term with the next full accreditation to take place in the fall of 2028. Of the 96 required elements, the final status was deemed to be “Satisfactory (S)” in 89 elements, “Satisfactory with a need for Monitoring (SM)” in 4 elements and “Unsatisfactory (U)” in 3 elements – as illustrated in the following colour-coded table:

Understanding the Accreditation Process

Accreditation is essential to the maintenance of the quality of the MD Program. Preparations for the accreditation survey visit require support and collaboration across the whole School.

What is Accreditation?
Infographics created by Tharshika Thangarasa and Alyssa Archibald.


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