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Call for Public Comment

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) will hold a hearing for public comment on the proposed revised wording of four LCME accreditation elements. The public hearing will occur at Learn, Serve, Lead: The AAMC Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM. In addition to oral testimony provided at the public hearing, written comments submitted via e-mail to between June 22 and December 7, 2015 will become part of the hearing record.


More information on the proposed revised wording to the LCME elements is available here.


New Documents Available

Survey Report Template for Full Survey Visit Reports (effective AY 2015-2016)

Added on June 1, 2015 to


Visit Schedule For A Full Accreditation Survey

Added on May 19, 2015 to


Functions and Structure of a Medical School (effective AY 2016-2017)

Added on April 27, 2015 to


Data Collection Instrument (DCI) for Full Accreditation Surveys (effective AY 2016-2017)

Added on April 27, 2015 to


LCME Consensus Statement Related to Satisfaction with Element 3.3, Diversity/Pipeline Programs and Partnerships
Added on April 15, 2015 to


New LCME Chair-elect and Members

Janet C. Lindemann, MD, MBA, Dean of Medical Student Education at University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine has been appointed Chair-elect of the LCME effective July 2015 when current Chair, Arthur J. Ross, III, MD, MBA, Dean of the West Virginia University School of Medicine concludes his term. John P. Fogarty, MD, Dean & Professor, Family Medicine
at Florida State University College of Medicine will serve as Chair.


The LCME will also welcome the following new members who will succeed the five retiring members whose terms conclude in June 2015:


Warren Newton, MD, MPH
Vice Dean for Education
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Professional Member (2015-2018)


John A. Rock, MD
Senior Vice President for Health Affairs and Founding Dean
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Professional Member (2015-2018)


Ken Simons, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Accreditation
Medical College of Wisconsin

Professional Member (2015-2018)


Marci Fornari

4th Year Medical Student

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Student Member (2015-2016)


Jacob Quinton

4th Year Medical Student

LSU School of Medicine - New Orleans
Student Member (2015-2016)


See the full list of current LCME members.


LCME Approves AAMC Uniform Clinical Training Affiliation Agreement

At its June 2014 meeting, the LCME confirmed that the AAMC Uniform Clinical Training Affiliation Agreement (version dated June 16, 2014) meets the following LCME requirements:


Element 1.4 of the 2014 Functions and Structure of a Medical School

Standard ER-9 of the 2013 Functions and Structure of a Medical School


Read more about this project.


2014 Accreditation Standards Released

In March 2014, the LCME published a set of significantly restructured accreditation standards in the 2014 edition of Functions and Structure of a Medical School (F&S).


The F&S now consists of twelve, high-level standards, each comprising a set of related elements that collectively constitute compliance with that standard. Learn more about the changes to the 2014 standards.

The 2014 standards will be in effect for all accreditation activities taking place after July 2015. This includes full, preliminary, provisional, and limited surveys. Status reports submitted after July 2015 will be subject to the standards and elements current at the time of submission.


In April, the LCME published an updated Data Collection Instrument (DCI) for full surveys taking place in survey year 2015-16. The DCI (formerly referred to as the Medical Education Database) reflects the reformatted 2014 standards and elements and will be available to schools for completion in ASSET or as a Word document.

Download 2014 Accreditation Documents

Functions and Structure of a Medical School, March 2014

Crosswalk Guide to the 2014 Standards

Data Collection Instrument For Full Surveys, April 2014

Element 1.1: A New CQI Requirement for 2015-16

Strategic Planning and Continuous Quality Improvement

A medical school engages in ongoing planning and continuous quality improvement processes that establish short and long-term programmatic goals, result in the achievement of measurable outcomes that are used to improve programmatic quality, and ensure effective monitoring of the medical education program’s compliance with accreditation standards.


LCME Receives WFME Recognition

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 WFME 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.


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 to promote a culture of continuous quality improvement. Read more about the AFMC IRP. Access the AFMC Checklists.


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