Program Development • Accreditation Consulting • Leadership


About MSA Group

  

Medical School Advisory Group brings together medical education leaders with expertise in admissions, curriculum, student affairs, faculty affairs, leadership development, governance, program development, medical school accreditation and GME accreditation. 


Whatever your needs, MSA Group is here to support your team as you work to develop, execute, grow, and refine your institution's medical education program. Review our services to learn how we can help you. From planning and program accreditation to optimization and problem solving, our medical education experts help position your team for success. 

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How we work

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Our process is collaborative. We work with our institutional partners as a team to understand and meet their goals. 


Our focus is assisting our clients in the pursuit of their quality and accreditation goals. We are committed to meeting those needs, even if it means recommending another consultant who is a better fit.


Our team is always learning. We strive to improve, and prioritize continuous improvement, while encouraging our clients to do the same. 


Our priority is results. We keep the end goals top of mind throughout our medical education consulting engagements. 

Meet the MSA Group team

Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD, MBA

Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD, MBA

MSA Group Managing Consultant Dr. Lois Nora believes quality medical education is foundational to improving patient care and the health of individuals, families, and communities.  Throughout her career in medicine and higher education, Dr. Nora has fostered organizational success through team development, consensus building, and strong multi-faceted community involvement.


Now, she brings those capabilities along with broad experience and an excellent record with accreditation and certification agencies to MSA Group. She has helped MSA Group’s clients successfully navigate accreditation, develop and implement strategic plans, overcome challenges and build thriving medical education programs. 


Dr. Nora’s experience includes:


  • Over two decades of university, medical college, and healthcare-professional program leadership
  • Faculty member, administrator, and administrative lead on multiple university, medical program and pharmacy program accreditation self-studies and site visits
  • Development of new medical and healthcare-professional schools and programs 
  • Helping schools thrive through challenging times.

Among others, our consultants include:

Emery Wilson, MD

Virginia Hunt, MUA

Virginia Hunt, MUA

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Dr. Wilson is a co-founder of MSA Group and a senior advisor to the group. He is dean emeritus of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine (UK-COM), where he served as dean for 18 years.  He is a strong champion of medical education, and UK-COM became a recognized leader in medical education innovation under his stewardship.


Dr. Wilson has worked with many universities to guide medical schools through the accreditation process, develop research enterprises, and create new medical schools.  Through his work with MSA Group, he has consulted with dozens of new and established medical schools on accreditation and other issues. 


Dr. Wilson's work in the US includes serving as co-chair of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).  His international work includes serving as consultant to medical schools in 13 countries and as a member of the World Health Organization/World Federation for Medical Education joint committee for global accreditation standards. 

Virginia Hunt, MUA

Virginia Hunt, MUA

Virginia Hunt, MUA

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Ms. Hunt leads MSA Group’s residency program development service and directs the international program.  With more than 30 years of academic medical center experience in the areas of strategy and accreditation, she recently served as the liaison between the Medical University of South Carolina and Tidelands Health System. While there, she led Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital, a GME-naïve hospital, through the successful startup of a family medicine residency program, including the development of an innovative leadership curriculum. 


Before her work in South Carolina, Ms. Hunt participated in the startup of what is now known as Geisinger Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where she served as vice president and associate dean of planning. Her work included preparing the school for state, LCME and higher education accreditation.  


Ms. Hunt’s work in medical education accreditation includes providing administrative leadership through preparation for and execution of site visits, interim document submissions for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME); participation in mock LCME site visits; and service as administrative lead of Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) processes for institutional accreditation and residency program accreditation.  

Frank Simon, MD

Virginia Hunt, MUA

Frank Simon, MD

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Dr. Simon is a senior advisor to MSA Group.  He is a pediatrician who has dedicated much of his career to medical education and administration.  


Dr. Simon served at the American Medical Association (AMA) as director of graduate medical education, director of undergraduate medical education and co-secretary of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). He has participated in more than 100 medical school reviews and consultations in the US. Dr. Simon also has broad experience in international medical education, including the development of educational programs and accreditation systems.  He worked with the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) to establish the criteria and process for recognizing accrediting agencies.  


Dr. Simon has served on the boards of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).  At the AMA, he was served as a liaison with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  

Services

We position our clients for success.

  

MSA Group consultants and their partners across the field have the experience and expertise to meet a variety of needs in their work with medical education institutions. Whether you’ve encountered unexpected challenges during the accreditation process, need guidance as you build out a new program or are seeking leadership support, MSA Group can help. Our services include: 

Accreditation consulting

We can step in at the start of this process or midstream when challenges have arisen. Our goal is to help you make this process work for you, by preparing you to achieve full accreditation, but also to leverage this process for continuous quality improvement at your institution. We do this through self-study analysis, mock site visits, assistance in your response to accreditation agency findings and strategic planning.

Preparation for site visits

A positive medical school accreditation site visit is key to success. We review documents, interview teams, assess readiness and provide insight that will ensure your program is positioned for accurate and favorable representation. Mock site visits enable us to test, troubleshoot and maximize readiness. 

New school and program development

To state the obvious, starting a new medical school, a new program within a medical school, or a residency program is no small feat. MSA Group consultants have been through these processes multiple times ourselves, and we’ve continued to assist clients through them. We can help US and international universities, medical schools, and naive hospitals embarking on first-time GME programs to identify pain points and the path to success.

GME consulting services

MSA Group consultants work with new and established GME programs on program design, development and accreditation. We focus on building strong, multidisciplinary teams that collectively position programs for success.


We assist with creation and organization of processes, compliance with policies and standards, gap analysis, documentation, and leveraging the planning process to achieve institutional and program recognition.   

Turning bad news into great results

Even the best higher education institutions encounter problems and roadblocks. We help you see the opportunity in these moments, from a negative accreditation decision to a high-profile faculty or leadership issue, and we position your institution to resolve the issue and grow.