About Us

The Medical School Advisory Group, LLC (MSAG) was established in 2004 by three senior medical education leaders with over 50 years of combined experience as medical school deans and more than 25 years serving on, and in leadership roles, with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. Dr. Emery Wilson served as principal and managing consultant until 2018 and remains involved in MSAG. MSAG has engaged with leaders in academic medicine on subjects ranging from strategic planning and execution; accreditation; recruiting and retention; resource development and management; quality improvement; and educational design.


Your Engagement Team is Selected Based on the Needs of Your School
  • 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. 

Our Core MSA Group Team


Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD, MBA

Managing Consultant, MSA Group

Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD, MBA, a former medical school dean and health sciences university president, with broad experience in higher education and health professions accreditation (including service on the LCME and co-chair of the LCME), was invited to participate in consultations beginning in 2017 and assumed leadership of the firm in 2018.

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.

For each consultation, we engage with medical education consultants that are picked specific to a client’s needs and strategies. Using a team approach, we pull from a select group of senior leaders who bring decades of experience in healthcare, graduate and undergraduate medical education, and deep expertise in medical education program accreditation, medical school and program startup, strategy and implementation, and institutional leadership development.

Virginia Hunt, MUA

Director, International, MSA Group

Ms. Hunt directs MSA Group’s international program and leads residency program development services.  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.

Emery Wilson, MD

Co-founder and Senior Advisor of MSA Group

Dr. Wilson 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.

Meryl Newell

Manager/Executive Assistant, MSA Group

Meryl Newell comes to the position with years of nursing experience within the hospital setting.  Her working relationship with doctors, residents and interns brings a unique perspective to MSA Group.  She brings the same strong leadership and teaching skills, which were evident during her nursing career, to MSA Group.

Ms. Newell spent years serving the Atlanta community as a volunteer at Trinity School, Pace Academy and The Atlanta Ballet.  She continues to utilize the same leadership and organizational skills in her Hilton Head Island community and MSA Group.


Accreditation Support and Medical Education Consulting