About the LCME

During the 2023-2024 academic year, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, or LCME, will conduct a site visit to assess the VCU School of Medicine and its M.D. program.

The LCME is the only national accrediting body for medical schools, with an established set of standards all institutions must comply with in order to achieve and maintain accredited status. Accreditation is required in the Commonwealth of Virginia for licensing graduates and receiving federal financial aid, and only graduates of LCME-accredited schools are eligible to match into residency programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, or ACGME.

The medical education program at VCU School of Medicine is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and has been continually accredited since the LCME’s founding in 1942. The program was previously accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Accreditation status can be verified with the LCME Secretariat at lcme@aamc.org.

Read our LCME newsletter

Latest issue: Feb. 19: Welcome, LMCE

All previous editions can also be found on our newsletters webpage.

The Accreditation Process

The LCME accreditation process consists of four components:

  1. Data collection instrument, or DCI (learn more here)
  2. Faculty-led institutional self-study
  3. Student-led independent student analysis
  4. Completion and review of the accreditation survey visit

A successful LCME accreditation process depends on the efforts of our entire medical school community. As the visit approaches, the School of Medicine will engage in an intense period of self-study and evaluation to highlight our strengths and identify areas for growth. We encourage faculty, staff and students to get involved with the process by joining subcommittees, volunteering with school initiatives and connecting with colleagues in other departments and units to learn more about our school.

LCME Standards

The LCME operates with 12 accreditation standards, each with an accompanying set of elements. Learn more about the accreditation standards and elements here.

School of Medicine Policies

These policies reflect the regulatory standards and mandates that students and faculty must follow for compliance reasons. Some policies pertain specifically to students, while others pertain to educators, administrators and specific units within the medical school.

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