Liaison Committee on Medical Education


Liaison Committee on Medical Education
Parent organization
Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is an accrediting body for educational programs at schools of allopathic medicine in the United States and Canada.[1] The LCME is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association. It publishes many guides and standards,[2] including the Directory of Accredited Medical Education Programs.[3] The LCME currently accredits 155 U.S. schools, which includes 4 in Puerto Rico, as well as 17 others in Canada.[4] The LCME accredits only the schools that grant a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. Osteopathic medical schools that grant the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree are accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association.[5]


The LCME has 19 voting members from three categories:[6]

  • Professional Members: 14 professional members elected by the LCME representing the medical education and clinical practice communities in the U.S.
  • Student Members: Two student members appointed for a one-year, nonrenewable term.
  • Public Members: Two public members representing the interests of the general public elected by the LCME to serve for a three-year term.


The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), an accrediting body for US and Canadian professional education services, was established 50 years ago at a 1942 conference of members of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Medical Association.[7] Since 1979, LCME has collaborated with the Committee on Accrediation of Canadian Medical Schools sponsored by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada and the Canadian Medical Association) for the accreditation of Canadian medical schools. [6]


Accreditation is a process by which medical institutions and programs located in the U.S. and Canada undergo a detailed peer-based assessment of compliance with standards for medical education quality. [6]LCME accreditation is required in most states for licensing students and obtaining federal financial aid and professional education services in the United States and Canada leading to an MD degree. The evaluation is conducted by LCME periodically, typically every eight years. The programs that meet the standards are considered "accredited".[6] Also graduates of LCME-approved institutions are considered to have an educational experience sufficient to prepare them for internship programs that are approved for the purposes of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education as well as allowing them access to selected federal grants and programs and medical licensure by state boards.[8] The accrediation process includes on-site surveys in which the LCME is represented by ad-hoc teams of evaluators. Team members include basic science and clinical science educators. .[8]

As of 2021, institutions must demonstrate appropriate performance in the following twelve standards to obtain or maintain accreditation:[9]

Standard Description
Standard 2 Leadership and Administration
Standard 3 Academic and Learning Environments
Standard 4 Faculty Preparation, Productivity, Participation, and Policies
Standard 5 Educational Resources and Infrastructure
Standard 6 Competencies, Curricular Objectives, and Curricular Design
Standard 7 Curricular Content
Standard 8 Curricular Management, Evaluation, and Enhancement
Standard 9 Teaching, Supervision, Assessment, and Student and Patient Safety
Standard 10 Medical Student Selection, Assignment, and Progress
Standard 11 Medical Student Academic Support, Career Advising, and Educational Records
Standard 12 Medical Student Health Services, Personal Counseling, and Financial Aid Services

The method frequently promotes change of systematic and programmatic practice.[10]


  1. ^ Glossary. ACGME website."Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2001-04-24. Retrieved 2007-08-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Publications". LCME. Archived from the original on 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  3. ^ "Directory of Accredited Programs". LCME. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  4. ^ "Directory of Accredited Programs". LCME. Archived from the original on January 6, 2016. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  5. ^ "Accreditation Guidelines". American Osteopathic Association. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d "Rules of Procedure". Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  7. ^ Kassebaum, D. G. (February 1992). "Origin of the LCME, the AAMC-AMA partnership for accreditation". Academic Medicine. 67 (2): 85–7. doi:10.1097/00001888-199202000-00005. PMID 1547000.
  8. ^ a b "What is LCME?". Medical College of Georgia. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  9. ^ "Standards for Accreditation of Medical Education Programs Leading to the MD Degree". LCME. November 2020. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  10. ^ "LCME Accreditation". UCSF Medical Education. University of California, San Francisco. 2019. Retrieved April 2, 2020.

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