NEOMED Student Selected to Serve on Accreditation Body

The College of Medicine is proud to announce that Ms. Katherine Joyce, a fourth-year medical student, has been chosen by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) to serve as one of its two student members for academic year 2018-2019. She is the first NEOMED student to be selected for the honor. The LCME accredits medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in the United States and Canada. Each year two students from U.S. medical schools are selected to serve as voting members of the LCME, with one student nominated by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the other by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Ms. Joyce was selected by way of the AMA, through a rigorous selection process. The dean of every U.S. medical school is invited annually to nominate a potential student member through either the AMA or AAMC. Students nominated by way of the AMA are then thoroughly reviewed by the Governing Council of the AMA’s Medical Student Section, as well as by the administrative leadership of the LCME. The Governing Council and the LCME then separately rank their top five candidates, and the student with the highest combined ranking is invited to join the LCME.

The LCME began appointing student members in 1979, and Ms. Joyce is the first NEOMED student to have been selected for this honor, according to information provided by LCME staff. Student members of the LCME serve a one-year term, with all of the privileges and responsibilities associated with service as a voting member. Besides participating at all LCME meetings throughout the year, student members are also asked to serve as a member on one of the ad hoc survey teams appointed by the LCME to review schools whose current term of accreditation is due to expire.

Ms. Joyce came to NEOMED by way of the NEOMED/Cleveland State post-baccalaureate/M.D. program. Before starting that program, she had obtained both the B.A. and M.P.H. degrees from Boston University, and spent seven years as a research coordinator at Boston University Medical Center. She is also a certified emergency medical technician and has launched EMT training for hospital staff in Somaliland. During her time as a medical student, she has played a very active role in various committees of the AMA Medical Student Section and has represented NEOMED as an alternate chapter delegate to the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is an active member of the NEOMED Emergency Medicine Interest Group and a founding member of the NEOMED Task Force for an Ethical Community.

It is a great and rare honor to be selected to serve on the LCME, and the College of Medicine extends its heartfelt congratulations to Ms. Joyce for this accomplishment.

-Submitted by Jennifer Lint

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