Recognition of the LCME by the U.S. Department of Education and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME)
The LCME is recognized as the reliable accreditation authority for MD programs by U.S. medical schools and their parent universities. It also is recognized for this purpose by the U.S. Congress in various health-related laws and by state, provincial (Canada), and territorial medical licensing boards. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes the LCME for accreditation of programs of medical education leading to the MD degree in the United States in institutions that are themselves accredited by regional accrediting organizations. Institutional accreditation ensures that medical education takes place in a sufficiently rich environment to foster broad academic purposes. On August 22, 2018, the LCME received formal written notification that the U.S. Department of Education has granted renewed federal recognition to the LCME for the next five-year period (through 2023).
On April 5, 2014, the LCME received WFME recognition for a ten-year term (through 2023). Recognition by the WFME confers the understanding that the LCME has been assessed and found to be credible in its policies and procedures to ensure the quality of medical education in the programs and medical schools that it accredits. The recognition process started with the LCME’s application to the WFME in January 2013. The WFME recognition team later observed a LCME survey visit and segments of an LCME meeting at which decisions were made on accreditation of the medical school observed. The WFME determined that the LCME had six areas of strength and no areas of non-compliance with WFME Recognition Criteria. Read the recognition letter from the WFME.