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LCME Leadership

LCME Chair
Jeffrey P. Gold, MD

In July, Jeffrey P. Gold, MD began a one-year term as Chair of the LCME. A member of the LCME since 2008, Dr. Gold served as Chair-elect with past Chair, Chris Colenda MD. Dr. Gold is Chancellor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Read a message from Dr. Gold on the often unanticipated benefits of the self-study process.


LCME Chair-elect
Arthur J. Ross, III, MD, MBA

Arthur J. Ross, III, MD, MBA, will serve as Chair-elect until July 2014 when he will commence his term as Chair. Dr. Ross, Dean of the West Virginia University School of Medicine, has served on the LCME since 2009.


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2015-2016 Data Collection Instrument (DCI) Available

Schools with survey visits in academic year 2015-16 may now download the Data Collection Instrument, or DCI (formerly known as the Medical Education Database).

2015-2016 Reformatted Standards Published

The 2015-2016 reformatted standards (Functions and Structure of a Medical School, March 2014) have been approved by the LCME. Visit the Reformatting Project page to learn about the changes to the 2015-2016 standards, the expectations for schools with visits scheduled to take place after July 2015, the expectations for schools with follow-up items due to the LCME after July 2015, and download a crosswalk guide to help navigate between the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 standards. Schools preparing for a survey visit in the 2015-2016 academic year will have a number of resources available to them to assist with the transition to the new format, including a free Survey Prep Workshop that will be held April 23-24, 2014 in Washington, DC.

The LCME Honors the 2013 Distinguished Service Award Recipient Dr. Robert C. Talley at the AAMC Annual Meeting

Kirch Talley GoldLeft: Dr. Darrell G. Kirch | Middle: Dr. Robert C. Talley, MD |
Right: Jeffrey P. Gold, MD


Dr. Robert C. Talley accepted the 2013 LCME Distinguished Service Award at the LCME Leadership Luncheon & Award ceremony on November 2, 2013 at the AAMC Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.


The award was established in 2012 to express the profound gratitude of the LCME for the tireless service and dedication contributed by the often unsung individuals whose efforts make the LCME peer review process possible and who have had a direct impact on the excellence of medical education in the United States and Canada today.

Dr. Talley served two terms on the LCME from 1999 to 2006 and continues to serve the on survey teams and ad hoc committees. Read more about the LCME Distinguished Service Award.

Deletion of 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 not-for-profit status.


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 became effective July 1, 2013 and does not appear in the 2013 Functions and Structure of a Medical School for use by schools with surveys in the 2014-2015 academic year.


LCME is recognized by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME)

The LCME is proud to announce that on April 5, 2014 the LCME received WFME recognition for a ten year term (through 2023). Recognition by WFME confers the understanding that the LCME has been assessed and found to be credible in its policies and procedures to assure the quality of medical education in the programs and medical schools that it accredits. The recognition process started with the LCME application in January 2013. The WFMR recognition team later observed a LCME site visit and segments of a LCME meeting where decisions were made on accreditation of the medical school observed. The WFME determined there were six areas of strengths and no areas of non-compliance with the WFME Recognition Criteria. Read the recognition letter from the WFME.

LCME and CACMS Formalize Partnership
with Historic MOU

The LCME and the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (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. Read more about this momentous agreement.

2014 Workshops for Schools Preparing for a Survey Visit

March 29-30, the LCME held a survey prep workshops for schools with upcoming survey visits in 2014-2015. The workshop for schools with visits in academic year 2015-2016 will be April 23-24. The agenda will focus on gathering DCI data, self-study preparation, survey visit logistics, and the independent student analysis. The LCME Secretariat will also discuss hot topics and discuss the intent of frequently cited standards.

Additional details are available on the registration website below:


Survey Prep Workshop for visits in the 2015-2016 academic year
Washington, DC, April 23-24, 2014

AFMC Interim Accreditation Review

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 publicly 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.

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