Liaison Committee on Medical Education

Connections provides an in-depth view of LCME accreditation standards and elements by linking them to relevant sections of LCME accreditation publications.


The 2014-2015 edition of Connections ties the text of each standard to: (1) its corresponding annotation, (2) the data collection 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.


The 2015-2016 edition of Connections will become available when the entire set of survey materials for the 2015-2016 academic year are published in the fall of 2014. It will reflect the new organization of Functions and Structure of a Medical School, which is 12 standards, each with an accompanying set of elements. The 2015-2016 reformatted standards have been finalized and are effective for all accreditation activities scheduled to take place after July 2015, including survey visits, status reports, and change notifications. The 2015-2016 Data Collection Instrument (DCI) will be published in April 2014. Download the 2015-2016 standards.



Updated, August 2013


Updated, March 2014

Contains information from the following 2014-2015 survey materials:
  • Functions and Structure of a Medical School, June 2013
  • Guide to the Institutional Self-study, June 2013
  • Data Collection Instrument (DCI)*, June 2013
  • Survey Report Guide, December 2012 (2014-2015 edition to come)
Will contain information from the following 2015-2016 survey
  • Functions and Structure of a Medical School, March 2014
  • Data Collection Instrument (DCI)* (Expected publication April 2014)
  • Guide to the Institutional Self-study, (Expected publication Summer 2014)
  • Survey Report Guide, (Expected publication Fall 2014)

*Until recently, the DCI was referred to as the medical education database; the LCME has adopted the more generic term "Data Collection Instrument" (DCI).