There is a lot of paperwork and analysis involved in accreditation for a College of Medicine and that is happening right now at the University of Saskatchewan.
It’s an 8 year cycle for each medical college and the accreditors will be checking out the U of S next fall, so work has been under way since last year to be prepared.
The College of Medicine’s Dean, Preston Smith, says there are 95 areas with subsets that need to be covered.
Recently, 2 accreditors were hired to come in for a mock visit and now they are going through their suggestions.
The written report, which will be hundreds of pages long, will be submitted in June and then the work moves to preparing for the actual visit at the College of Medicine program in Saskatoon and Regina in late October.
Although it’s an 8 year cycle, it may seem like there was just an accreditation process at the university.
Smith explains that in 2013, the College was put on probation because there was a need for some restructuring and there weren’t enough teachers to cover what the students needed.
That probation was lifted in 2015 when the challenges were rectified.