Student Involvement

Independent Student Analysis (ISA) Overview

Students are an essential component in the accreditation process, through their involvement in the Independent Student Analysis (ISA) Survey, participation on various sub-committees, and through direct participation in the 2020 LCME site visit.

The impact students have on the overall accreditation process and the opportunities to serve as change-makers cannot be over-stated. The data collected from the ISA provides the foundation for action plans that result in immediate changes within the institution, as well as the ability to identify gaps that require longer-term planning and implementation. As a result, students involved in the accreditation process have a significant opportunity to impact the shape of the medical school across all domains. This serves to improve educational outcomes and the student experience.

The ISA Survey itself is an online survey of students regarding their perceptions across all levels and areas of the educational mission. A combination of required and school-specific questions serve to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses important to the student body.

The ISA Student Committee worked extremely hard over the fall 2018 semester to develop the survey, which was distributed in January 2020 and received extremely high response rates for all classes and campuses!

The results of the survey were compiled into a Summary Report by the ISA Committee and submitted as part of the official LCME Self-Study Package. The report has been shared with medical school community and informs a variety of efforts by medical school leadership to address areas of weakness and capitalize on areas of strength. The full report can be found here.


Independent Student Analysis Dashboard & Progress

As a result of the LCME self-study process and Independent Student Analysis, a dashboard has been created to track progress of the student recommendations. The dashboard includes high priority student recommendations, their status, and other information. It is updated frequently to reflect the most current efforts. If you are interested in viewing the dashboard, it can be found here.

To read more about the progress made on the high priority student recommendations, see this 2-page report from January 2021.


ISA Committee

  • Cyril Appiagyei
  • Danica Cutshall
  • Maggie Flint
  • Benjamin Kreitz
  • David Sandness
  • Andrea Tinsay