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Provisional Survey Visits

As outlined in Rules of Procedure, the purpose of provisional accreditation is to evaluate progress to date in the implementation of the medical education program and the status of planning for later stages of the program. After the program admits a charter class, it must complete the DCI and conduct an independent student analysis (ISA) using a focused set of elements. No institutional self-study is required in the review for provisional accreditation. All provisional survey visits are in-person.

Programs preparing for a provisional survey should refer to Guidelines for the Planning and Conduct of Accreditation Survey Visits. This document provides the steps before, during, and after the visit. If you have questions about any of the information, please email the Secretariat at

LCME Connecting with the Secretariat Webinars

January through October, the LCME Secretariat offers monthly Connecting with the Secretariat webinars that provide general information about accreditation and the self-study process and give participants an opportunity to discuss specific issues with members of the Secretariat. For details and registration information, visit the Connecting with the Secretariat webinar page.

Submitting the Survey Package to the LCME

The school will submit its final survey package 12 weeks* before the survey visit date. The survey package is sent via the Web Transfer Client (WTC) system. The school will receive an email from LCME Secretariat staff four weeks before the survey package is due with WTC account access and instructions for uploading files. The LCME Secretariat staff will ensure that each survey team member receives the school’s submitted survey package. Refer to Guidelines for the Planning and Conduct of Accreditation Survey Visits and if you have additional questions about survey package content and deadlines, or formatting and submission, please email

*Starting with AY 2024-25 visits, the survey package will be due 14 weeks before the survey visit date.