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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 few 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.
  • 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 will 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 will be 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.

How can I help?

A successful accreditation review depends upon the time and efforts of our entire school of medicine community. For more information about how you can get involved, contact Director of Accreditation and Continuous Quality Improvement, Sabrina Nunez.