General Communication Archive

General Communication Archive

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Welcome to the LCME Self-Study

Along with Dr. DeKosky and Dr. Dunlap, UVA’s LCME Steering Committee thanks you for your willingness to participate in this very important process.

The reaccreditation process assures the LCME and the public that UVA’s School of Medicine meets the LCME’s established standards for functions and structure of a medical school in the United States or Canada.

Accreditation is essential to our continued success in educating top-tier physicians.  Most important in the process is critical self-assessment and the identification of opportunities for program improvement.  We embrace this challenge and wholeheartedly appreciate your work in this endeavor.

~The Accreditation Steering Committee

General Information about LCME

Accreditation, the process of quality assurance in postsecondary education, determines whether an institution or program meets established standards for function, structure, and performance. The process also fosters institutional and program improvement. Medical education programs leading to the MD degree in the United States and Canada are accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

Besides fostering program improvement, accreditation by the LCME establishes eligibility for selected federal grants and programs including Title VII funding, most state boards of medical licensure, eligibility for students to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination , and eligibility for students to enter Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education residency programs.

Who Accredits Medical Schools?

The U.S. Department of Education recognizes the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for accreditation of programs of medical education leading to the MD degree. It is recognized for this purpose by the Congress in various health-related laws, and by state medical licensing boards.

The members of the LCME are medical educators and administrators, practicing physicians, public members, and medical students.

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association (AMA) each appoint six professional members. The AAMC and AMA each appoint one student member. The LCME itself appoints two public members. The activities of the LCME are administered by two Secretariats, one at AMA headquarters in Chicago, IL, and the other at the AAMC in Washington, DC. Members of the LCME and its survey teams, excluding full and part-time staff, serve the LCME without compensation. Each year, the LCME reviews annual survey data and written reports on all of the accredited U.S. and Canadian medical schools, and conducts site visits to 20-30 institutions. The LCME holds two-day meetings three times a year, usually in October, February, and June, and may convene as needed to deal with special issues.

Who makes up the LCME site visit team?

The LCME is represented by ad hoc teams of evaluators who conduct on-site surveys of medical schools. Survey team members are a mix of basic science and clinical educators and practitioners. Members of the LCME and surveyors conducting field evaluations serve as voluntary, peer evaluators.