Czech Republic Higher Education Department 09/20/2017 08/21/2017 Final Review Redetermination

U.S. Department of Education

Redetermination


Prepared September 2017

Background

At its March 1998 meeting, the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) first determined that the accreditation standards used by the Accreditation Commission Czech Republic to evaluate medical schools were comparable to those used to evaluate programs leading to the M.D. degree in the United States. During its September 2004 and September 2008 meetings, the NCFMEA again determined that the Czech Republic’s accreditation process remained comparable to that used in the United States. In addition, the NCFMEA requested the country to submit periodic reports describing its accrediting activities involving medical schools. Those periodic reports were subsequently submitted and reviewed. The Czech Republic has accredited the following medical schools: Palacky University Medical School in Olomouc, Charles University 1st Medical School in Prague, Charles University 2nd Medical School in Prague, Charles University 3rd Medical School in Prague, Masaryk University Medical School in Brno, Charles University Medical School in Plzen, and Charles University Medical School in Hradec Kralove. The most recent redetermination review of the Czech Republic took place at the October 2011 meeting of the NCFMEA. As a result, the NCFMEA accepted the application and determined that the standards used to accredit medical schools in the Czech Republic continued to be comparable to those used in the United States. In addition, the NCFMEA reviewed and accepted the update/special report submitted at its September 2014 meeting. The report was requested on the accreditation activities of the Czech Republic Accreditation Commission (CRAC); the standardized questionnaire for evaluating the quality of medical education developed by the CRAC; and the extent to which the CRAC incorporated student outcome data in its accreditation process. In 2015, the NCFMEA reviewed and accepted the update/special report submitted by the Accreditation Commission Czech Republic and determined that that standards used to accredit medical schools in the Czech Republic continued to be comparable to those used in the United States. The NCFMEA also invited the Accreditation Commission Czech Republic to submit a new application for a redetermination of comparability for review during this meeting.


Summary of Findings

Additional information is requested for the following questions. These issues are summarized below and discussed in detail under the Staff Analysis section. -- As noted in the narrative, the country has provided a template of an evaluation report but, as noted in the narrative, is not able to provide a sample self-study or on-site report in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request documentation in English at a later date. [Mission and Objectives, Question 1] -- As noted in the previous section, the country provided an evaluation report template but was not able to provide supporting documentation of a self-study or on-site report in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation in the English language at a later date. [Mission and Objectives, Question 2] -- As noted in the previous section, the country provided an evaluation report template but was not able to provide supporting documentation of a self-study or on-site report in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation in the English language at a later date. [Mission and Objectives, Question 3] -- As noted in the previous section, the country provided an evaluation report template but was not able to provide supporting documentation of a self-study or on-site report in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation in the English language at a later date. [Mission and Objectives, Question 4] -- As noted in the previous section, the country provided an evaluation report template but was not able to provide supporting documentation of a self-study or on-site report in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation in the English language at a later date. [Mission and Objectives, Question 5] -- The country has provided narrative about the criteria used to finance medical school programs. However, the NCFMEA may wish to request criteria used to determine an appropriate chief medical officer or other officials of authority who administers those resources. [Administrative Personnel and Authority, Question 2] -- In response, the country has provided an evaluation report template but was not able to provide supporting documentation of a self-study or on-site report in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation in the English language at a later date. [Administrative Personnel and Authority, Question 3] -- As noted in the staff analysis, the country has discussed the Statues of the Medical Facilities as the documentation that requires qualification for the chief medical official, but did not include the Statutes in the redetermination petition because it is not available in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request documentation of the Statutes or comparable documentation in English at a later date. [Chief Academic Official, Question 1] -- As discussed in the staff analysis, the country has discussed the selection and monitoring by the university and the use of institution regulations used by the Rector to appoint a Dean. The country also discussed MEYS monitoring of the selected official. However, the country did not provide sample documentation such as a self-study or on-site report to demonstrate a full review of this requirement. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional documentation which demonstrates the country's review to be compliance with this requirement. [Chief Academic Official, Question 2] -- In response, the country provided an evaluation report template but was not able to provide supporting documentation of a self-study or on-site report in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation in the English language at a later date. [Faculty] -- As noted in the previous section, the country noted that 50% of a student's time is allocated to laboratory experience but is unable to submit documentation of a sample self-study or on-site report to demonstrate review of a program's compliance with this standard. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation in the English language at a later date. [Curriculum, Question 7] -- The country uses 2011 Standards as a reference for the basic principles for medical schools. The NCFMEA may wish to request current CRAC Standards that address this requirement. [Clinical Experience, Question 3] -- As noted in the previous section, the country provided an evaluation report template but was not able to provide supporting documentation of a self-study or on-site report in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation in the English language at a later date. [Ethics, Question 1] -- The country has provided a narrative and links to a curriculum plan of study with instruction in communication skills. However, the NCFMEA may wish to request the standard as well as sample documentation of a self-study or on-site report demonstrating review of compliance with this requirement. [Communication Skills, Question 1] -- As noted in the narrative, the country has discussed the MCAT as used to determine admission for student currently holding a Bachelor's or Master's degree but that the institutions' admission criteria refers to students who completed 13 years of study. Also, SAT scores are used to determine admission to programs taught in English. However, the country did not provide documentation to demonstrate review of admission practices for senior students or those immediately completing secondary education. The NCFMEA may wish to request sample documentation such as a self-study or on-site report demonstrating its review of a program's compliance with this requirement. [Admissions, Recruiting, and Publications, Question 1] -- In response, the country has provided an evaluation report template but was not able to provide supporting documentation of a self-study or on-site report in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation in the English language at a later date. [Admissions, Recruiting, and Publications, Question 2] -- In response, the country has provided an evaluation report template but was not able to provide supporting documentation of a self-study or on-site report in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation in the English language at a later date. [Admissions, Recruiting, and Publications, Question 3] -- In response, the country has provided an evaluation report template but was not able to provide supporting documentation of a self-study or on-site report in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation in the English language at a later date. [Admissions, Recruiting, and Publications, Question 4] -- As discussed in the analysis, the country has discussed that it does not require medical schools to publish graduation rates, student codes of conduct and disciplinary actions, admission criteria, plans of study for academic progress. The NCFMEA may wish to inquire about the Czech Republic's intent on implementing this requirement in future standards to be in compliance with this regulation. [Admissions, Recruiting, and Publications, Question 5] -- In response, the country has provided an evaluation report template but was not able to provide supporting documentation of a self-study or on-site report in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation in the English language at a later date. [Admissions, Recruiting, and Publications, Question 6] -- In response, the country has provided an evaluation report template but was not able to provide supporting documentation of a self-study or on-site report in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation in the English language at a later date. [Student Achievement, Question 3] -- As noted in the staff analysis, the country has provided additional documentation of the evaluation report template but the NCFMEA may wish to request sample documentation such as a self-study or on-site report to demonstrate that it has conducted a review or evaluation of a medical program's records for compliance. [Student Achievement, Question 4] -- In response, the country has provided an evaluation report template but was not able to provide supporting documentation of a self-study or on-site report in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation in the English language at a later date. [Student Achievement, Question 5] -- In response, the country has provided an evaluation report template but was not able to provide supporting documentation of a self-study or on-site report in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation in the English language at a later date. [Student Services, Question 1] -- In response, the country has provided an evaluation report template but was not able to provide supporting documentation of a self-study or on-site report in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation in the English language at a later date. [Student Complaints, Question 1] -- In response, the country has provided an evaluation report template but was not able to provide supporting documentation of a self-study or on-site report in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation in the English language at a later date. [Student Complaints, Question 2] -- The country has provided additional information regarding its standard for a medical program's financial records. However, the NCFMEA may wish to request additional documentation such as sample self-study, on-site review, or a financial audit to demonstrate that it reviews program records for compliance with this requirement. [Finances, Question 1] -- In response, the country has provided an evaluation report template but was not able to provide supporting documentation of a self-study or on-site report in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation in the English language at a later date. [Facilities, Question 1] -- In response, the country has provided a link to demonstrate course content for the humane care of animals. However, the course list from the Ministry of Agriculture is in Czech language. Also, documentation of a sample self-study or on-site report is needed to demonstrate the country's review of a program's compliance with this requirement. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation such as a self-study or on-site report to demonstrate review of a program's compliance and provide supporting documents in the English language at a later date. [Facilities, Question 2] -- In response, the country has provided an evaluation report template but was not able to provide supporting documentation of a self-study or on-site report in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation in the English language at a later date. [Faculty, Question 1] -- In response, the country has provided an evaluation report template but was not able to provide supporting documentation of a self-study or on-site report in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation in the English language at a later date. [Faculty, Question 2] -- In response, the country has provided an evaluation report template but was not able to provide supporting documentation of a self-study or on-site report in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation in the English language at a later date. [ Library] -- In response, the country has provided an evaluation report template but was not able to provide supporting documentation of a self-study or on-site report in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation in the English language at a later date. [Clinical Teaching Facilities, Question 1] -- In response, the country has provided an evaluation report template but was not able to provide supporting documentation of a self-study or on-site report in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation in the English language at a later date. [Onsite Review, Question 1] -- The country has responded that the ACT No. 20/1966 is used to establish criteria for onsite review. However, the Act is not included as documentation for this petition. The NCFMEA may wish to request a copy of the Act No. 20/1966 Coll. as documentation to meet this requirement. [Onsite Review, Question 2] -- In response, the country has provided an evaluation report template but was not able to provide supporting documentation of a self-study or on-site report in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation in the English language at a later date. [Onsite Review, Question 4] -- In response to suggestion that the NCFMEA request documentation of qualification standards and sample training resources for its on-site reviewers, the country has provided additional narrative on the expectations for the CRAC working group. However, the NCFMEA may wish to request actual documentation of standards and sample training resources to demonstrate the country's compliance with this requirement. [Qualifications of Evaluators, Decision-makers, Policy-makers] -- In response, the country has provided an evaluation report template but was not able to provide supporting documentation of a self-study or on-site report in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation in the English language at a later date. [Re-evaluation and Monitoring, Question 1] -- In response, the country has provided an evaluation report template but was not able to provide supporting documentation of a self-study or on-site report in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation in the English language at a later date. [Re-evaluation and Monitoring, Question 2] -- In response, the country has discussed a substantive change policy in the response narrative but documentation is not available in English. The NCFMEA may wish to request additional supporting documentation in the English language at a later date. [Substantive Change] -- The country has responded to the suggestion that the NCFMEA request the country provide the Additional Standards for Programs in Medicine and Dentistry as discussed in the narrative. However, the NCFMEA may wish to request documentation of a program's self-study or on-site report, to demonstrate a full review for compliance with this requirement. [Accrediting/Approval Decisions, Question 3]

Staff Analysis