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The Office of Medical Education Accreditation and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) fosters an environment where the medical school is engaging in an intentional process that supports educational program improvement, contributes to positive outcomes during accreditation review, and meets the Liaison for Medical Education (LCME) accreditation requirements.

The office is responsible for:

  • Conducting quality assurance on all LCME elements through annual maintenance and update of the LCME Data Collection Instrument
  • Monitoring ongoing citations from prior accreditation cycles
  • Reviewing and analyzing external and internal data sources to assist the administration and CQI Committee in prioritization of LCME elements for review and identifying areas of risk
  • Processing special requests for CQI review / CQI project proposal

CQI Committee

The CQI Committee, led by the Administrative & CQI Director and by the associate dean for Strategic Initiatives, is responsible for reviewing performance on LCME standards/elements and working with key stakeholders to generate quality improvement recommendations that are presented to medical education leadership. Medical education leadership shares recommendations with individuals/groups responsible for implementing recommended changes and these efforts are monitored by the director of medical education accreditation and CQI who reports back to medical education leadership and the CQI committee.

Committee Members AY 2023-2024

Ansley Baccus, MD, assistant director, Family Medicine Clerkship, Tuscaloosa
Stephanie Berger, MD, Pediatric Clerkship co-director, Birmingham
Caroline Davies, MS1, Birmingham
Mitchell Disharoon, Montgomery Campus
Hanna Ficarino, MD, PGY-3 Resident, Surgery, Birmingham
Laura Fraser, PhD, Fundamentals Module Director, Birmingham
Shawn Galin, PhD, Simulation, Endocrine Module, Birmingham
Paul Jones, MS2, Birmingham
Jill Marsh, MD, assistant professor, Family Medicine, Birmingham
Carmel McNicholas-Bevensee, PhD, Birmingham
Javier Nishikawa, MS3, Huntsville
Danielle Powell, MD, LC Mentor, Birmingham
Colin Quinn, MSTP, ISA Co-Chair, Birmingham
Ritika Samant, MS1, Birmingham
Britney Sellers, MPH, director, Medical Student Services and Medical Education, Montgomery Campus
James Stallworth, MS3, Student Senate, LCME site visit
Adam Sturdivant, MS2, Birmingham
Parekha Yedla, MD, former clerkship director (IM), Huntsville


Elizabeth Rahn, PhD
Executive Director – Operations and Quality Improvement

Caroline Harada, MD
Associate Dean, Strategic Initiatives

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