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Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is the U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting body for programs leading to the M.D. degree in the United States. It also accredits M.D. programs in Canada, in cooperation with the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS). The LCME is jointly sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Medical Association (AMA).
Each parent organization appoints members which comprise this group. Two of these members are students, one selected by a nominative process through the AAMC Secretariat office of the LCME and the other through the AMA Medical Students Section (MSS). Students sit for a one year term and are full voting members, participating in presentation of site visit reports, progress reports, and in one site accreditation visit. LCME Student Members must be in their final year while serving on the Committee. Details of the application and selection process are available on the LCME Web site . The position requires a significant time commitment to the LCME, including attendance at four mid-week two day meetings in either Chicago or Washington, D.C., and participation in a four-day accreditation site visit. These trips are funded by the parent organizations. If interested in this position, inquire through your student affairs dean.
The deliberations concerning specific M.D. programs are confidential. However, site visit schedules, procedures for submitting third party comments regarding an upcoming accreditation visit, a guide to student preparations for such a visit, and a listing of standards are available at the LCME Web site.
LCME meetings also focus on updating standards and modifying accreditation procedures. When prospective changes are available for review, they are presented to the parent organizations in each of the leadership bodies to include the OSR Administrative Board. Maintain contact with your regional chairs and members-at-large in order to voice your interests when these reviews occur.
Specific questions regarding accreditation should be directed to the LCME Secretariat staff.