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 website has extensive information about itself, medical schools generally, and the accreditation process specifically.
LCME accreditation is a voluntary, peer-reviewed process of quality assurance that determines whether the medical education program meets established standards. This process also fosters institutional and programmatic improvement. To achieve and maintain accreditation, a medical education program leading to the MD degree in the United States and Canada must meet the LCME accreditation standards contained in the LCME 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.
The LCME accreditation process progresses, in sequence, from preliminary, to provisional, to full accreditation. The LCME offers proscriptive requirements for each stage of the process.
Our School of Medicine's first step - Preliminary Accreditation - requires the completion of documentation, including:
- A Data Collection Instrument (DCI), and
- A Self-study.
The School of Medicine submitted these documents on March 24, 2017. On June 8th, the LCME informed the School of Medicine that its submitted documents were favorably reviewed. As such, the SOM’s standing has been upgraded to “Candidate Status” from “Applicant Status.” The LCME conducted its required survey visit September 10-13, 2017. A final accreditation determination will be made in February 2018.
As it advances, more information about the LCME accreditation process will be posted here.