LCME Announcements

November 1, 2023


Exciting Changes in Career Planning Services!

The Offices of Student Affairs for both University and Lerner College Programs are thrilled to announce significant changes to Career Planning Services. Our commitment to helping our students excel in their personal and professional development has led us to reorganize this vital department.

Meet Our New Director: Dr. Jill Azok, Assistant Dean for Students and Dean of the Satcher Society, is now at the helm of Career Planning Services for the University Program. Dr. Azok brings a wealth of experience and a passion for guiding students toward successful careers in medicine. Drs. Stacey Jolly and Paul Bryson will continue as Director and Assistant Director of Career Planning for the Lerner College Program and look forward to collaborating with Dr. Azok on joint programming.

Dedicated Support Staff: Amanda Monyak has joined the University Program team to provide full-time support for Career Planning Services. With her expertise and dedication, she is here to ensure that you receive the best guidance and resources to kickstart your medical career journey.

Our Vision: We are committed to your success. The vision is for all students to build a team of mentors and sponsors targeted for the achievement of their personal and professional development. We believe that personalized guidance is essential for achieving your personal and professional development milestones.

Comprehensive Support: Our revamped Career Planning Services are designed to accompany you throughout your medical school journey. Our activities are robust and span all four years of medical school including: 

M1-M2 Years

  • 21 Specialty Panels: Explore a wide range of medical specialties and gain valuable insights.
  • Required Speed Mentoring Events: Connect with experienced professionals in the field.
  • Class Meetings: Stay informed and connected with your peers.
  • AAMC Careers in Medicine Activities: Access valuable resources and insights into your medical career path.

M3-M4 Years

  • Group Meetings with CWRU Specialty Advisors: Get specialized guidance from experts.
  • ERAS and NRMP Application Required Class Meetings: Prepare for the next steps in your medical career.
  • MSPE Preparation: Ensure your application stands out.
  • M4 Elective 1:1 Meetings: Receive personalized advice.
  • Workshops on Personal Statements and Interviewing: Hone your application and interview skills.
  • Match Panels for Couples and LGBTQ+ Students: Address unique considerations and opportunities.

We are excited to be a part of your journey and are dedicated to providing you with the tools, resources, and support you need to achieve your goals.


Offices of Student Affairs

Steve Ricanti, MD, Associate Dean of Student Affairs (University Program) 

Christine Warren, MD, Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs (Lerner College Program)


Our Commitment to Student Feedback

At Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, we have always held medical student feedback as the cornerstone of continuous quality improvement efforts. Your voices, experiences, and insights are invaluable in shaping your educational journey As we continue to uphold our tradition of excellence, we are excited to emphasize the significance of medical student feedback and how we consider this input on our path to improvement.

Why is student feedback so crucial to us?

  •  Enhancing Learning Experiences: Your feedback guides us in refining our curriculum, teaching methodologies, and resources to ensure that your learning experiences are relevant, engaging, and effective.
  •  Improving Support Services: We aim to provide comprehensive support to our students, and your feedback helps us identify areas where we can enhance student services, from academic advising to mental health resources.
  •  Fostering Inclusivity: Your diverse perspectives enable us to create a more inclusive and culturally competent environment where every student feels valued and represented.
  •  Adapting to Changing Needs: The field of medicine is dynamic, and your feedback helps us adapt our program to the evolving needs of healthcare, preparing you to meet the challenges of the future.

How can students provide feedback?

We have established various channels for you to share your thoughts, concerns, and suggestions:

  • Student Questionnaires: Periodic questions are conducted to gather your input on specific aspects of the program.
  • Student Representatives: Our student government and representatives play a vital role in conveying your feedback to the administration.
  • Open Forums: Class meetings and town halls promote engagement in direct conversations with faculty and administrators.
  • Additional Opportunities: Student participation in focus groups and feedback meetings as well as the option to provide feedback to educational leadership directly.

What happens to student feedback?

  •  Office(s) of Evaluation: Our programs prioritize the importance of student feedback by dedicating administrative expertise in collecting, analyzing, and reporting student feedback. Evaluation professionals are responsible for continuously monitoring student feedback.  
  • Curriculum Committees: Faculty and staff are dedicated to reviewing and discussing student feedback regularly with the goal of identifying areas for improvement.
  • Action Plans: Course/Block and Clerkship leadership are required to address student feedback in their improvement plans for the following academic year and posting these plans for student review
  • Communication: Changes made based on student feedback are communicated to students using multiple methods.

We encourage each and every one of you to actively participate in these feedback mechanisms. Your input helps us steer our programs toward excellence. Rest assured that your feedback is treated with the utmost confidentiality, respect, and seriousness it deserves.

Thank you for entrusting us with your education, and for being an integral part of our commitment to continuous improvement.

With warm regards,

Kelli Qua, PhD, Assistant Professor, Director of Program Evaluation and CQI, University Program

Beth Beirer, PhD, Professor, Director of Assessment and Evaluation, Lerner College Program


Your Voice Matters: Participate in the Independent Student Analysis (ISA) Survey for LCME Accreditation

Dear students,

We believe that every student has a powerful voice, and we are committed to ensuring that the experience at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is continually improving. One vital way we work towards this is through our LCME accreditation, and we need your input to make it happen!

Understanding LCME Accreditation:

LCME stands for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, a prestigious organization that evaluates and ensures the quality and effectiveness of medical education programs. Accreditation from LCME is a crucial recognition of the School of Medicine’s commitment to providing you with the highest standard of medical education.

The Importance of Student Feedback:

The unique perspective of students is invaluable in helping understand how to improve the educational experience. Student feedback is a cornerstone of the accreditation process, and it drives the positive changes we make. We are not just students; we are partners in the journey towards excellence.

Your Role in LCME Accreditation:

To express your thoughts and ideas effectively, we have launched the Independent Student Analysis (ISA) survey. The ISA is a required component of the accreditation process. This survey is your platform to voice your opinions and be a part of the improvement process.

Understanding the ISA Survey:

The ISA survey is an anonymous survey, designed to be easy to complete and will take just a few minutes of your time. It covers various aspects of your educational journey, including your experiences in the classroom, clinical settings, and more. Your input on these topics is essential to help us identify areas that need improvement. The ISA survey is run by a committee of students who represent various years and programs. The results of this survey are analyzed and reported by students.

ISA Survey Timeline:

The ISA survey will be open to all students from October to December. We encourage each and every one of you to participate during this time to ensure your voices are heard.

Rewards for Participation:

To thank you for your valuable feedback, every student who completes the ISA survey will receive a $10 gift card as a token of our appreciation. Additional $100 gift cards will be randomly distributed to students who completed the feedback. 

Driving Improvement with Your Feedback:

The results of the ISA survey play a central role in shaping the future of medical education at Case Western Reserve University. Your feedback leads to actionable changes and ensures that the School of Medicine continues to provide a high quality educational experience.

Your participation in the ISA survey is more than just a task; it is your opportunity to be an active contributor to the growth and development of our institution. We encourage you to take this chance to make a difference and be a part of the process of making the MD program(s) even better. 

Look out for further details and reminders regarding the ISA survey in your inbox, and we hope to hear from you soon!


The ISA Committee 

(Adhayana Paul, Briana Rutland, Erin Sullivan, Gillian Michaelson, Jacky Chen, James Sullivan, Julia Feinstein, Lydia Cassard, Lydia DeAngelo, Mackenzie Deighen, Matthew Thompson, Michael Galetta, Natalie Hong)


July 1, 2023

LCME Survey Visit Dates Confirmed for March 2-5, 2025

The survey visit is an integral part of our ongoing accreditation. This visit offers an opportunity to observe the School of Medicine, assess its suitability for accreditation, identify potential challenges, and foster collaboration among stakeholders. Prior to the site visit, the LCME will conduct a full analysis of the data collection instrument (DCI) and other information sources, including the independent student analysis (ISA). Documentation for our March 2025 visit will be submitted to the LCME no later than December 9th, 2024. We thank everyone in advance for your commitment to helping us meet these requirements. 

LCME Leadership Selected

Dr. Lia Logio has been selected as the Faculty Accreditation Lead (FAL) for our upcoming reaccreditation. The FAL is a senior faculty member who is knowledgeable about the medical school and its educational program and is able to identify institutional policies and ensure participation by members of the administration, faculty, and student body before and during the survey visit. In her FAL duties, Dr. Logio will be supported by Lesa Goodman, the LCME Site Visit Coordinator (SVC), who will manage site visit logistics.