What is the LCME?

The accreditation status of programs leading to the M.D. degree is determined solely by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). To be accredited, programs must meet the national standards described in the document, Functions and Structure of a Medical School.

What does the LCME look for in reviewing a medical school?

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The LCME looks at how well the school is meeting each of the national standards described in its document Functions and Structure of a Medical School.

What is the process for reaccreditation?

  • The LCME notifies the College of Medicine of its site visit. The UTHSC visit has been set for November 17-20, 2013.
  • The LCME asks us to complete the LCME Medical Education Database and to provide them with a Self-Study Report at least three months prior to the visit. The UTHSC projected date for submission is August 2013.
  • A year or more before the visit the site visit team is selected by the LCME. Site visit teams have at least four members but usually more. The team reviews the Database and Self-Study Report before the visit and uses its time on campus to conduct interviews, tour facilities, (in our case they may visit all three campuses). The site visit team will then develop a written report which it sends to the LCME.
  • At the next regularly scheduled LCME meeting, the site visit team reports its findings to the entire committee which considers the Database, the Self-Study Report, and the report from the site visitors and makes a final decision about accreditation status of the school.

What is in the Database?

The database is the result of the institutional Self-Study. It is made up of six sections of questions covering all parts of the program leading to the M.D. Degree. The forms necessary for completing the database are available on the LCME website.

How is the Self-Study Report compiled?

  • The Self-Study Report results from a process that is conducted in the year prior to the LCME site visit. The LCME spells out in detail the steps that a school should take to complete the Self-Study. The Self-Study provides an opportunity to highlight program areas of excellence and to address areas which may need modification or major revision.
  • The LCME specifies committees (a Steering Committee and a number of subcommittees) to work on the Self-Study.
  • The LCME provides Self-Study Questions for each committee to address. The Steering Committee uses input from each of the subcommittees to develop the Medical School's final Self-Study Report.

What role can medical students play in the process?

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The guidebook, The Role of Students in the Accreditation of U.S. Medical Education Programs, describes the important role students play in the accreditation process. Students organize their own self-study.

In addition students serve on various committees that develop the institutional self-study. During the site visit students will meet with the survey team.

What types of accreditation decisions can the LCME make?

The LCME reaccreditation committee can choose to:

  1. Continue Full Accreditation
  2. Place a College on Probation
  3. Withdraw accreditation

Even if a college is reaccredited, it may have to correct citations or address areas of concern that the LCME identifies.

Where can I find out more about the LCME and the accreditation process?

For additional information about the LCME, visit the website.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Self Study Coordinator, Dr. Pat Ryan.

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Self-Study Coordinator
J. Patrick Ryan, PhD
910 Madison, Room 1002
Memphis, TN 38163
Email: jryan1@uthsc.edu