Call for Public Comment
The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) will hold a hearing for public comment on the proposed reformatting of LCME accreditation standards at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM. An information session about the project to reformat the standards will be held just prior to the public hearing, from 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM. In addition to oral testimony provided at the public hearing, written comments submitted via e-mail to email@example.com between September 1 and December 31, 2013 will become part of the hearing record.
More information on the project to reformat the standards, is available here.
Deletion of Accreditation Standard IS-2 Approved
At its June 2013 meeting, the LCME approved the deletion of accreditation standard IS-2:
The parent institution of a medical education program should have
This recommendation follows from the premise that accreditation
decisions must be based on the ability of an institution to meet
accreditation standards and not on its form of governance.
The deletion of standard IS-2 will become effective July 1, 2013, and will not appear in the 2013 Functions and Structure document or the medical education database for schools with surveys in the 2014-2015 academic year.
New Accreditation Standard ED-19-A Approved
At its February 2013 meeting, the LCME approved the following new accreditation standard:
ED-19-A: The core curriculum of a medical education program must prepare medical students to function collaboratively on health care teams that include health professionals from other disciplines as they provide coordinated services to patients. These curricular experiences include practitioners and/or students from the other health professions.
This new standard will become effective July 1, 2013, and will appear in the medical education database for schools with a full accreditation survey in the 2014-2015 academic year.
New LCME Members and Chair-elect
Arthur J. Ross, III, MD, MBA, Dean of the West Virginia University School of Medicine has been appointed Chair-elect of the LCME effective July 2013 when current Chair-elect, Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, Chancellor and Executive Vice President for Biosciences and Health Affairs, and Dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Toledo will commence his term as Chair of the LCME.
In July the LCME will also welcome the following new members who will succeed the six retiring members whose terms conclude in June 2013:
Term: July 2013-June 2016
- Stephen Ray Mitchell, MD
Dean for Medical Education
Georgetown University School of Medicine
- Charles P. Mouton, MD, MS
Dean and Senior Vice President for Health Affairs
Meharry Medical College
- LouAnn Woodward, MDVice Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor for Health AffairsUniversity of Mississippi Medical Center
Term: July 2013-June 2016
- Joseph L. Fink III, BSPharm, JD
Professor of Pharmacy Law and Policy
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Term: July 2013-June 2014
- Michael McShane
Fourth Year Student
Penn State University College of Medicine
- Camille Petri
Fouth Year Student
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Connecting with the Secretariat
1:30 - 3:30 PM (EDT)
Join the LCME Secretariat for an interactive Q&A webinar each month through October 2013. The webinars are designed to address the specific needs of schools preparing for a survey visit within the next three years and to provide an opportunity for schools to interact directly with members of the Secretariat. The sessions also provide guidance on using accreditation standards for continuous quality improvement between full surveys.
Participants are welcome to just listen-in to the proceedings or to actively engage in the discussion. Members of the Secretariat field questions throughout the session and lead participants through case study exercises designed to illustrate the intent underlying frequently cited standards.
Sessions take place between January and October, typically on the third Thursday of every month, from 1:30 - 3:30 PM (EDT). 2013 Call-in Session Dates: January 17, February 14, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17.
Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for access information.
Interim Accreditation Review Process (IRP) and Checklists Available
The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) has developed an Interim Accreditation Review Process (IRP) to assist schools in maintaining compliance with LCME/Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) accreditation standards and creating a culture of continuous quality improvement.
After three years of experience in implementing the process in six Canadian faculties of medicine, the AFMC is now making these resources publically available. Checklists for each accreditation standard have been developed and are updated annually to facilitate the understanding of what is needed to achieve compliance. The Interim Accreditation Review Process is briefly described on the IRP website and in greater detail in the AFMC Interim Accreditation Guide.
The AFMC Interim Accreditation Guide and the AFMC Accreditation Checklists may be reproduced for the non-commercial purpose of scientific or educational advancement, with citation and author attribution.
Summary of New and Revised LCME Accreditation Standards and Annotations
In support of its ongoing effort to clearly communicate annual updates
and revisions made to the accreditation standards used to evaluate medical
education programs, the LCME has published the Summary
of New and Revised LCME Accreditation Standards and Annotations, July
2012. This document reflects changes made in the 2011-12 academic
year and was sent to the deans of medical schools in the U.S. and Canada.
Connecting the Standards
The Connections project provides an integrated
view of LCME accreditation standards by connecting the text of each
standard to (1) its corresponding annotation, (2) the medical education
database questions related to that standard, (3) the questions that
the institutional self-study committee must address and (4) the findings
that survey team members must document in the survey report. Each component
of Connections is already accessible on the LCME website,
albeit in various LCME publications. By connecting each standard to
the relevant section of each related LCME publication, Connections
provides a more nuanced understanding of the intent of each
standard and the goals of the accreditation process.
Education Databases Available for Surveys in 2013-2014
Implements New Category of Compliance with Accreditation Standards