The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation site visit at Virginia Tech was held October 16-18, 2018 at both the Blacksburg and VTCSOM campuses after the initial approval of the substantive change June 2018. The final official results of this visit will be announced June 2019.

Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accreditation site visit for the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine was held October 21-24, 2018.  Students, staff, faculty and leadership teams participated in interviews during those days and a formal report is expected February 2019.

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