Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
Message from David M. Stern MD, Dean, College of Medicine (April 5, 2012)
David M. Stern, M.D.
The medical school's Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) reaccreditation process has begun. Our site visit is scheduled for November 17-21, 2013, and our self-study is underway.
The LCME is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the MD degree in U.S. and Canadian medical schools. The LCME is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association.
Accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) establishes eligibility for selected federal grants and programs, including Title VII funding administered by the Public Health Service. Most state boards of licensure require that U.S. medical schools be accredited by the LCME, as a condition for licensure of their graduates. Eligibility of U.S. students to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) requires LCME accreditation of their school. Graduates of LCME-accredited schools are eligible for residency programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME. Institutional accreditation assures that medical education takes place in a sufficiently rich environment to foster broad academic purposes.
LCME accreditation occurs every eight years. The entire process takes 18-24 months and includes compilation of data about our program, faculty, students, and resources, as well as a self-study analysis, followed by a site visit from LCME.
Our goal is for our faculty, staff, students, leadership, clinical partners, residents and alumni to join us in a thoughtful self-review of our medical education program. The self-study report will provide an evaluation of the quality of our program in which we identify areas of strength and weakness as well as strategies for addressing shortfalls and identified needs, in order to assure our compliance with accreditation standards and position us to meet future challenges.
We currently are initiating a 15 month institutional self-study process to comprehensively evaluate the educational program. This will culminate in an on-site review by a survey team representing the LCME on November 17-21, 2013.
I invite you to browse our website, contact us with your feedback and ideas, and check back often for updates and related LCME news.
J. Patrick Ryan, PhD
910 Madison, Room 1002
Memphis, TN 38163