Find answers to the most frequent questions related to LCME accreditation.

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What is the LCME?

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the reliable authority for the accreditation of medical education programs leading to the MD degree in the United States or Canada. In short, LCME accredits US allopathic medical schools.

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What does LCME accreditation mean?

Accreditation signifies that national standards for structure, function, and performance are met by a medical school's education program leading to the MD degree, as defined in the document Functions and Structure of a Medical School. Accreditation by the LCME establishes eligibility for selected federal grants and programs. 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).

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When were all the required documents for the LCME Self-Study due?

All of our required documents were due January 15, 2018.

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Who led our accreditation preparation?

Elizabeth Petty, MD, senior associate dean for academic affairs, chairs the Strategic Improvement and Accreditation Steering Committee and is the faculty accreditation lead. Kendra Hogan, JD, MS, MPH, assistant dean for academic accreditation, policy and operations, is the administrative lead and LCME site visit coordinator.

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When is the next LCME site visit?

The next full survey visit will be in the 2025-26 academic year.

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Now that we’re re-accredited, is the work over until the next site visit?

In October 2018, the LCME granted the School of Medicine and Public Health continued full accreditation of our medical education program for an eight-year term, but there is still much to do in the meantime. Accreditation compliance is a continuous process of monitoring and quality improvement to ensure that our school meets and exceeds LCME standards.

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