LCME Accreditation 2018

From the Dean

Dear Institutional Self-Study Committee Members and Chairs,

I am happy to report that the Institutional Self Study is officially complete with the chairs wrapping up their review of the subcommittees’ reports and compiling a final Self-Study Report on Nov. 30.

This final document would not have been possible without all of the committee members’ hard work from this summer and into early fall. The 68 subcommittee members evaluated 93 element responses with appendices that totaled 3,432 pages – that is a tremendous amount of work! I want to thank each of you for your tireless effort that set-up our chairs for a successful review that is now complete.

So, what’s next? From now through the end of February, work will be done to look at the LCME Data Collection Instrument (DCI), the Independent Student Analysis (ISA), and the final self-study report and synthesize them into a 35-page executive summary. That will set us up to submit everything to the LCME on July 1, 2018 with their site visit scheduled for Oct. 21-24.

The accreditation process is lengthy, detail-oriented, and requires many of our stakeholders to be engaged. I appreciate your hard work to help us complete one more step of the process!

Cynda Johnson

The Whys and Hows of Accreditation

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in the United States and Canada.

LCME is jointly sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association. LCME accreditation is required in most states for licensing graduates and receiving federal financial aid.

The LCME accreditation process has two general purposes:

  1. to certify that a medical education program meets prescribed standards, and
  2. to promote institutional self-evaluation and improvement.

Accreditation is a two year process which includes planning, data collection, self-evaluation and analysis, and report writing. The process concludes with a four day on-site survey visit.

The summary report resulting from this process provides an evaluation of the quality of the medical education program, and the adequacy of the resources that support it. This report serves as the basis upon which LCME makes its accreditation decision. Their evaluation is based on 12 standards in five general areas: institutional setting (administration, governance and academic environment), educational programs, student experience, faculty, and institutional resources, including finances and facilities.

Adapted from The Self-Study Process, Harvard Medical School

Independent Student Analysis (ISA)

Pictured left: Adam Tate, Class of 2018, and chair of the Independent Student Analysis team.

Part of the accreditation process involves an independent review by student leadership of relevant topic areas, such as the medical education program, student services, the learning environment, and the adequacy of educational resources. This analysis is compiled into a report that includes results of a student opinion questionnaire and an analysis and interpretation of the findings.

The ISA team, chaired by Adam Tate, Class of 2018, completed its work last spring.


March-July 2018
LCME DCI package finalized

August 2018
LCME accreditation package submitted

September 13 and 14, 2018
Mock site visit

October 21-24, 2018
Site visit


Dean Cynda Johnson welcomes the more than 60 members of the six self-study subcommittees to the official kick-off.

Members of the self-study subcommittees introduce themselves at the official kick-off.

Rick Vari, who along with Dan Harrington serves as a faculty accreditation leader, shows the binders that contain the Data Collection Instrument, responses, and other important self-study resources.