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Reformatted 2015-2016 Standards Approved by the LCME


Download the 2015-2016 standards: Functions and Structure of a Medical School, March 2014

Download the Crosswalk Guide to the 2014 Standards

 

Project Overview

In 2012, the LCME initiated a "self-study" to reorganize the format of the standards that have been in place since 2002. During the two-year process, members of the LCME, and the medical education community as a whole, were asked to contribute suggestions for streamlining the standards, while reducing redundancy and improving clarity.

 

A draft version of the reformatted standards was made available to the public for comment in July 2013, and in November 2013 public comment was also solicited at a public hearing held at the AAMC Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. The LCME Secretariat received numerous recommendations from the public that were ultimately included in the final version of the reformatted standards.

 

The 2015-2016 standards and elements were approved by the LCME in February 2014, and are now in effect for all accreditation activities scheduled to take place after July 2015. This includes full, preliminary, provisional, and limited survey visits that take place after July 2015, as well as the submission of follow-up items (e.g., status reports) due to the LCME after July 2015.

 

Details on the history and objectives of the reformatting project are available in the introduction to the Functions and Structure of a Medical School, March 2014 (i.e., the reformatted 2015-2016 standards). Some of the key changes evident in the final version include:


• A reduction in the total number of standards from 132 to 12;

• A concise statement of the principles that represent each standard;
• A set of elements that collectively constitute compliance with each standard;

•The elimination of redundancy across the standards, including the deletion of standards found to have inadequate compliance measures;
•The incorporation of annotation text into the standards and/or elements; and
• The use of simple, declarative sentences.

 

In addition to the publication of the 2015-2016 standards, Functions and Structure of a Medical School, March 2014, the LCME Secretariat has prepared a crosswalk guide that demonstrates where specific sections of the 2014-2015 standards and annotations reside within the 2015-2016 standards and elements, as well as other minor changes stemming from the reformatting. Refer to the implementation timeline below for the publication dates of additional 2015-2016 survey materials.

Implementation Timeline

Timing

Activity

March 2014 The final reformatted 2015-2016 standards, Functions and Structure of a Medical School, March 2014, were published.

April 2014

The 2015-2016 Data Collection Instrument (DCI), formerly medical education database, was published on the LCME website.

April 23-24, 2014
Washington, DC

The LCME hosted a Survey Prep Workshop for schools with survey visits after July 2015.

July 2015

The 2015-2016 standards are effective for all accreditation activities scheduled to occur after July 2015. This includes full, preliminary, provisional, and limited survey visits that take place after July 2015, as well as the submission of follow-up items (e.g., status reports) due to the LCME after July 2015.

Summer - Fall 2015

Secretaries and team members trained in the revised standards.