What is the LCME?
The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is the accrediting body for U.S. and Canadian medical education programs that lead to an MD degree. It is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Medical Association (AMA), with each appointing an LCME Co-Secretary. The LCME is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the accrediting body for medical education programs.
What is the LCME Accreditation Process?
Schools must ensure that their programs meet LCME accreditation standards as outlined in the LCME publication, Functions and Structure of a Medical School, and go through a reaccreditation process roughly every eight years. During the reaccreditation process staff and faculty conduct an Institutional Self Study and a student committee convenes to conduct an Independent Student Analysis. The data and analysis from these two components is then integrated into the Data Collection Instrument (DCI) and is submitted, along with necessary supporting documentation, to the LCME for review. The process then culminates in a site visit by a designated LCME survey team.
Geisel School of Medicine and LCME Accreditation
Geisel received full accreditation by the LCME in 2013 and will go through reaccreditation in the 2020-2021 academic year. The Geisel LCME Compliance Steering Committee has conducted monthly meetings since 2017 in preparation for the reaccreditation cycle that began in October 2019.