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LCME Accreditation

What is the LCME?
The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in in the U.S. (and Canada). The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association (AMA) are jointly represented on the LCME. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes the LCME as the accrediting body for programs of medical education in the U.S.

Why is LCME accreditation important?
LCME accreditation is required in most states for licensing graduates and receiving federal financial aid. Only graduates of LCME-accredited schools are eligible for residency programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) purposes.

UCSF School of Medicine and LCME Accreditation: Preparing for 2019
UCSF School of Medicine received full accreditation by the Liaison Committee of Medical Education in 2011. In Summer 2017, the School began its regularly scheduled, full LCME accreditation cycle. The accreditation process occurs over 18 months, including an independent student study and an institutional self study, and culminates with a three-day site visit to UCSF by an LCME team January 27-30, 2019.

The Accreditation consists of four components:

  1. Data Collection Instrument
  2. Faculty led Institutional Self Study
  3. Student led Independent Student Analysis 
  4. Site Visit by Faculty/Deans from other medical schools

Review the timeline for this process here.

For additional information about the 2018-2019 LCME reaccreditation process, view the information on these related pages:

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