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What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is a process that takes place every eight years at medical schools across Canada, allowing them to confer medical degrees. Watch the video to find out more about accreditation and how you can make your voice heard.

This video was created by the UofT MedCred team and adapted for publishing on the CFMS website by Mark Bennet and Nilasha Thayalan.

  • Transcript

    Accreditation happens every 8 years at medical schools across the country. All schools must meet the standards to confer MD degrees. It’s how we know our MD program meets or exceeds the standards set out by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools.

    Accreditation is also an opportunity to reflect on and enhance our program and learning environment. Think of it like checking the foundation of a building to make sure the structure is strong and taking care of any cracks that need to be filled.

    The Independent Student Analysis or ISA is an important tool in this process. It gives students a powerful voice to help evaluators understand the learner’s perspective. By understanding our strengths and potential gaps, we can help staff and faculty understand what frameworks to build upon and what may need repair.

    Staff and faculty also have their own accreditation tools. The Data Collection Instrument and Medical School Self-Study also evaluate the MD program against the standards.

    We all play an important role in ensuring the MD program continues to stand tall, so make your voice count.