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Canadian Medical Schools

Canadian medical education programs leading to the MD degree are accredited through a partnership between the LCME and the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS). For more than 50 years, the LCME and the CACMS have shared the same accreditation standards and most of the same procedures. The LCME and the CACMS reaffirmed their long-standing commitment to the accreditation of medical education programs in the United States and Canada with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on December 12, 2013.

Under the MOU, which became effective in June 2014, the CACMS has the flexibility to address the differences in some aspects of medical education programs in order to meet unique national demands while still ensuring quality standards. Under this new agreement, the policies and processes of the LCME and CACMS were modified to reflect six principles of accreditation, as well as components that are specific to U.S. and Canadian medical education program accreditation. The MOU also calls for regular review of the principles to ensure that they are addressing future medical education needs in both countries. Canadian medical education programs meeting accreditation standards will continue to receive both LCME and CACMS accreditation and U.S. medical education programs meeting accreditation standards will continue to be LCME-accredited.

Direct questions regarding Canadian medical education programs to the CACMS Secretariat.