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LCME Accreditation

What is LCME Accreditation?

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is nationally recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit educational programs leading to the MD degree, and it completes these visits every eight years to ensure that Yale is meeting national quality standards. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association (AMA) are both represented on the LCME.

Yale School of Medicine’s last accreditation review occurred in 2015, after which it received a full, eight-year term of accreditation. The next LCME accreditation visit will take place October 15-18, 2023.

What is the overall process?

The LCME accreditation process consists of four parts:

  1. Completion of the Data Collection Instrument (DCI)
  2. Creation and review of the self-study reports and Institutional Self-Study
  3. Conduct and review of the Independent Student Analysis
  4. Accreditation site visit by faculty and deans of other medical schools

Who is involved?

As the LCME committee visit approaches, we are engaging in a period of self-study aimed at showcasing our strengths and identifying new opportunities for growth. Many stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, and members of the community will gather in different committees and task forces to analyze and report on the medical school's success in several domains.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • The dean of the medical school has overall responsibility for the LCME accreditation process.
  • Faculty accreditation lead: Jessica Illuzzi, MD, MS, deputy dean for education and Harold W. Jockers Professor of Medical Education and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
  • Site visit coordinator: Lisa Egan, manager, Office of the Deputy Dean for Education
  • The Institutional Self-Study task force reports to the dean and is responsible for overseeing, advising, and promoting excellence during the self-study period and during the accreditation site visit.
    • As part of the Task Force, the Steering Committee convenes early in the self-study process to help design and staff the self-study committees.
    • As part of the Task Force, the self-study committees are responsible for generating reports about the MD program’s compliance with LCME standards.
  • Students organize the Independent Student Analysis committee to gather data from students regarding their experiences in and impressions of the MD program.
  • The Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Working Group is responsible for ensuring that there are processes in place for the medical school to continue monitoring its success and compliance with accreditation standards in an ongoing manner.

What is the Timeframe?

Time Period Activity
May - July 2022 Independent Student Analysis (ISA) Survey Administered to Student Body

September 2022 - present

Data Collection Instrument (DCI) Drafting and Revisions
September 2022- April 2023 Self-study Task Force (SSTF) and Designated Subcommittees Conduct In-depth Review
May 1 - 3, 2023 Mock Site Visit
July 24, 2023

Deadline to submit LCME Self-study Package

  • SSTF Final Report
  • Data Collection Instrument
  • Independent Student Analysis
October 15 - 18, 2023 LCME Site Visit
February 13-15, 2024 LCME meeting (Yale to receive accreditation letter with LCME findings within 30 days after the meeting.)