Liaison Committee on Medical Education
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About the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)

Scope of LCME

Purpose of LCME Accreditation

Programmatic Accreditation vs.
Institutional Accreditation

Sponsors

Canadian Schools

U.S. Department of Education

Confidentiality Policy

Meeting Dates

Appointment of Members

Membership Roster

 

Scope of LCME

Medical education programs leading to the MD degree in the United States and Canada are accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). The LCME's scope is limited to complete and independent medical education programs whose students are geographically located in the United States or Canada for their education and that are operated by universities or medical schools chartered in the United States or Canada.

 

Purpose of LCME Accreditation

LCME accreditation is a voluntary, peer-review process of quality assurance that determines whether the program meets established standards. This process also fosters institutional and program improvement. To achieve and maintain accreditation, a medical education program leading to the MD degree in the U.S. and Canada must meet the LCME accreditation standards contained in the document Functions and Structure of a Medical School. Programs are required to demonstrate that their graduates exhibit general professional competencies that are appropriate for entry to the next stage of their training and that serve as the foundation for lifelong learning and proficient medical care. While recognizing the existence and appropriateness of diverse institutional missions and educational objectives, the LCME subscribes to the proposition that local circumstances do not justify accreditation of a substandard program of medical education leading to the MD degree.

 

Accreditation by the LCME establishes eligibility for selected federal grants and programs, including Title VII funding administered by the Public Health Service. Most state boards of licensure require that U.S. medical schools be accredited by the LCME, as a condition for licensure of their graduates. Eligibility of U.S. students to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) requires LCME accreditation of their school. Graduates of LCME-accredited schools are eligible for residency programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

 

Programmatic Accreditation vs. Institutional Accreditation

The LCME is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an accrediting agency for medical education programs leading to the MD degree. For simplicity, the LCME website contains references to “schools” instead of “medical education programs leading to the MD degree.” Though references on the LCME website to “schools” are synonymous with “medical education programs,” the distinction between programmatic accreditation vs. institutional accreditation is an important one.

 

Institutional accreditation is granted by regional accrediting agencies and is required to qualify for federal financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act. A listing of regional accrediting agencies is available on the U.S. Department of Education’s database of accredited postsecondary institutions and programs.

 

Programmatic accreditation for medical education programs leading to the MD degree is granted by the LCME. Because the LCME is not recognized as an institutional accrediting agency, it lacks standing to accredit stand-alone medical schools as institutions of higher education. Medical education programs leading to the MD degree must first hold institutional accreditation to be eligible for initial full accreditation and for continuing accreditation by the LCME.

 

In summary, the LCME accredits educational programs (i.e., leading to the MD degree) and regional accrediting agencies in the U.S. (e.g., the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) accredit their sponsoring institutions (e.g., universities).

 

Sponsors

The LCME is jointly sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association (AMA). The AAMC and the AMA each appoint an LCME Co-Secretary (known jointly as the Secretariat) and maintain accreditation offices in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, respectively. For more information on who to contact, please visit the Contact page.


Canadian Schools

Canadian medical education programs leading to the MD degree are accredited through a partnership between the LCME and the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS). For more than 50 years they have shared the same accreditation standards and most of the same procedures. The LCME and the CACMS reaffirmed their long-standing commitment to the accreditation of medical education programs in the U.S. and Canada with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on December 12, 2013.

Under the MOU, which is effective June 2014, Canadian programs have the flexibility to address the differences in some aspects of medical education programs in order to meet unique national demands while still ensuring quality standards. Under this new agreement, the policies and processes of LCME and CACMS will be modified to reflect six principles of accreditation, as well as components that are specific to U.S. and Canadian medical program accreditation. The MOU also calls for regular review of the principles to ensure they are addressing future medical education needs in both countries. Canadian medical education programs will continue to receive both LCME and CACMS accreditation and U.S. medical education programs will continue to be LCME-accredited.

 

Recognition of the LCME by the U.S. Department of Education

The LCME is recognized as the reliable accreditation authority for MD programs by the nation's medical schools and their parent universities. It also is recognized for this purpose by the Congress in various health-related laws, and by state, provincial (Canada), and territorial medical licensing boards. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes the LCME for accreditation of programs of medical education leading to the MD degree in the United States in institutions that are themselves accredited by regional accrediting associations. Institutional accreditation assures that medical education takes place in a sufficiently rich environment to foster broad academic purposes.

 

Confidentiality of Information Related to Accreditation

The LCME will disclose to the public only the accreditation status of the school. Following action by the LCME, a letter of accreditation transmitting the accreditation decision and a copy of the survey report are sent by the LCME Secretary to the president of the university (or the equivalent chief executive of the academic institution), with a copy to the dean of the medical school. The survey report and the letter transmitting the accreditation decision will be held confidential by the LCME. The final report may be disclosed by the medical school at its discretion.

 

LCME Meeting Dates

The LCME holds meetings three times a year, usually in October, February, and June, and may convene as needed to address with special issues.

 

2014-2015 Academic Year

October 7-9, 2014
February 10-12, 2015
June 2-4, 2015

 

2015-2016 Academic Year

October 13-15, 2015
February 9-11, 2016
June 7-9, 2016

 

Appointment of LCME Members

The members of the LCME are medical educators and administrators, practicing physicians, public members, and medical students. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association (AMA) each appoint six professional members. The AAMC and AMA each appoint one student member. The LCME itself appoints two public members, and a member is appointed to represent the CACMS.

 

The LCME is represented by ad hoc teams of evaluators who conduct on-site surveys of medical schools. Survey team members are a mix of basic science and clinical educators and practitioners. Members of the LCME and surveyors conducting field evaluations serve as voluntary, peer evaluators. The activities of the LCME are administered by two Secretariats, at AMA headquarters in Chicago, IL, and at the offices of the AAMC in Washington, DC. Members of the LCME and its survey teams, excluding full and part-time staff, serve the LCME without compensation.

 

Each year, the LCME reviews annual survey data and written reports on all of the accredited U.S. and Canadian medical schools, and conducts site visits to 20-30 institutions.

LCME Membership Roster 2014-2015


LCME Chair

Arthur J. Ross, MD, MBA
Dean
West Virginia University School of Medicine
Professional Member (2009-2015)

 

LCME Chair-elect

John P. Fogarty, MD
Dean & Professor, Family Medicine
Florida State University College of Medicine
Professional Member (2011-2014)

 

Patricia Butler, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Educational Programs
The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Professional Member (2012-2015)

 

Jacob DeVolder
4th Year Medical Student
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Student Member (2014-2015)

 

Joseph L. Fink III, BSPharm, JD
Professor of Pharmacy Law and Policy
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Public Member (2013-2016)

 

Terence R. Flotte, MD
Dean, Provost, and Executive Deputy Chancellor
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Professional Member (2012-2015)

 

Linda F. Golodner
President Emeritus
National Consumers League
Public Member (2011-2014)

 

Roger Hadley, MD
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, LLUAHSC and Dean,
School of Medicine
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Professional Member (2012-2015)

 

David R. Lambert, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Student Education
University of Rochester
Professional Member (2014-2017)

 

Janet Lindemann, MD, MBA
Dean, Medical Student Education
Sanford School of Medicine, The University of South Dakota
Professional Member (2012-2015)

 

Douglas Miller, MD, CM, MBA, FRCPC
Dean for University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
Professional Member (2014- )

Stephen Ray Mitchell, MD
Dean for Medical Education
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Professional Member (2013-2016)

 

Charles P. Mouton, MD, MS
Dean and Senior Vice President for Health Affairs
Meharry Medical College
Professional Member (2013-2016)

 

Marsha D. Rappley, MD
Dean
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Professional Member (2009-2015)

 

Paul B. Roth, MD
Executive Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Professional Member (2011-2014)

 

Barbara A. Schindler, MD

Vice Dean, Educational and Academic Affairs
Professor of Psychiatry
Drexel University College of Medicine
Professional Member (2014-2017)

 

Bradley Schnedl
4th Year Medical Student
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Student Member (2014-2015)

 

LuAnn Wilkerson, EdD
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Professional Member (2011-2014)

 

LouAnn Woodward, MD
Vice Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Professional Member (2013-2016)