LCME Implements New Category of Compliance with Accreditation Standards
At its June 2011 meeting, the LCME approved the implementation of a new category of compliance that has been defined as "in compliance, with monitoring."
In parallel, the LCME adopted the following definitions associated with the terms "in compliance" and "noncompliance" with accreditation standards:
The medical education program has not met one or more of the requirements of the standard: The required policy, process, resource, or system either is not in place or is in place, but has been found to be ineffective.
In Compliance, with Monitoring
- The medical education program has the required policy, process, resource, or system in place, but there is insufficient evidence to indicate that it is effective. Therefore, monitoring is required to ensure that the desired outcome has been achieved.
- The medical education program is currently in compliance with the standard, but known circumstances exist that could lead to future noncompliance (formerly "area in transition").
The required policy, process, resource, or system is in place and, if required by the standard, there is evidence to indicate that it is effective. The new terminology will be used by the LCME in the letters of accreditation sent to medical schools, beginning with the October 2011 LCME meeting.
J. Patrick Ryan, PhD
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