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LCME Accreditation

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the MD degree in the United States and Canada. The LCME is jointly sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Medical Association (AMA). LCME accreditation is a voluntary, peer-reviewed process of quality assurance that determines whether the medical education program meets established standards.

Why is LCME accreditation important?

For medical education programs located in the United States, accreditation by the LCME establishes eligibility for selected federal grants and programs, including Title VII funding administered by the U.S. Public Health Service. Most state boards of licensure require that U.S. medical schools granting the MD degree be accredited by the LCME as a condition for licensure of their graduates. Eligibility of U.S. students in MD granting schools 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).


LCME Site Visit and History

In 2021, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) granted the USC School of Medicine Greenville full accreditation of the medical education program for the full 8-year term, through AY28-29.

USC School of Medicine Greenville applied for Applicant School status with the LCME in January 2010 and was granted Preliminary Accreditation status in October 2011, which qualified the school to begin receiving applications through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). The School matriculated its inaugural class in the fall of 2012. The USC School of Medicine Greenville received Full Accreditation status from LCME in the fall of 2015.


Self-Study at USC School of Medicine Greenville

In preparation for the 2021 survey visit, we are undertook a comprehensive Self Study process which fostered institutional and programmatic improvement. The Self Study Kick Off meeting was held on January 6, 2020 with a presentation from LCME Co-Secretary Dr. Barbara Barzansky. There were over 120 participants representing faculty, staff, students, and administrators on Self Study Sub-Committees reviewing the following areas:

  • Administration and Leadership
  • Assessment
  • Culture and Inclusion
  • Curriculum Content
  • Curriculum Management
  • Faculty Affairs
  • Facilities, Finance, and Research
  • Student Support and Advising

The Self Study Sub-Committee members reviewed the Data Collection Instrument (DCI) and Independent Student Analysis (ISA). The goal of the Self Study was to identify areas where policy, process, or systems were needed to meet an LCME expectation. Self-Study Sub-Committees developed a list of recommended actions to address identified gaps and opportunities in a report to the Self Study Task Force.


LCME Key Terms

There are 12 overarching standards with 93 elements. These are outlined in Functions and Structure of a Medical School. Medical schools are expected to achieve compliance with each of the 12 standards. Compliance with a standard will be based on performance in the elements within the associated with the standard.

The Data Collection Instrument (DCI) contains the data and information  that the school must provide for each Element. There are versions of this publication for full, provisional, and preliminary surveys.  USC School of Medicine Greenville is currently working on Full Accreditation Survey for AY 2020-21.

The Independent Student Analysis (ISA) contains the results and analysis of a student-developed questionnaire that contains LCME-required questions, which allow students to identify strengths and areas for improvement at their institution. The ISA report is available and should be reviewed by the Self Study Sub-committees.

Self study subcommittees are responsible for conducting the Self Study process with guidance from the Faculty Accreditation Lead (FAL).  Each subcommittee should review the relevant accreditation standard(s) and elements, information from the DCI, data from the medical students’ survey and the ISA report, and other sources related to its specific area of responsibility and develop a report using the questions in this document as a guide.

The Self Study Task Force will synthesize the individual subcommittee reports into a final self-study summary report related to the areas addressed in LCME accreditation standards that includes a statement of strengths and issues that require attention to ensure ongoing or future satisfactory performance in the accreditation elements and to improve programmatic quality.

Contact Us:

Amanda Hurley, MBA, PMP
Director of Strategic Planning, Accreditation, and Quality Improvement

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