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Connecting with the Secretariat Webinar

Join the Secretariat of the LCME on the Connecting with the Secretariat webinar for an interactive discussion of the accreditation process, including the intent and meaning of LCME elements and peer sharing of approaches to meeting LCME expectations in a way that recognizes the character of individual institutions and that encourages innovation. Designed to address both the specific needs of schools preparing for a survey visit and to provide a forum for all schools to engage in a discussion about continuous quality improvement, Connecting with the Secretariat is an off-the-record forum for asking questions and exchanging ideas.

Each 90-minute webinar typically starts with the LCME Secretariat or guest speaker(s) giving a presentation on specific “element(s) or topic(s) of the month” followed by a question-and-answer session. Participants are welcome to just listen to the proceedings or to actively engage in the discussion by submitting typed chat questions during the webinar.

Connecting with the Secretariat is a forum for medical school professionals and is not available to the general public. Send an email to to be added to the email distribution list and receive monthly registration information approximately the week before each session.

2020 Connecting with the Secretariat Dates

All sessions take place from 1:30-3:00 PM (ET). A list of topics covered is provided below as a reference. If you have suggestions for Element(s) or Topic(s) of the Month, email

Date Element(s) or Topic(s) of the Month Speaker(s)
January 9, 2020 (presentation slides available) Preparing for LCME Accreditation: Opportunities for Institutional Improvement Karen E. Hauer, MD, PhD
Associate Dean for Assessment & Professor of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco School of MedicineKelly Smith Kao, MPP
Chief of Staff, Office of Medical Education
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
February 6, 2020 (presentation slides available) The 2020-21 DCI Facelift: What is New and Different, and Why There will be no guest speakers.
March 19, 2020 (presentation slides and recording available) Independent Student Analysis (ISA) Baffour Kyerematen, Class of 2022
University of Oklahoma College of MedicineDominic Martin, Class of 2021
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
April 16, 2020 (presentation slides available) Meeting Your COVID-19 Challenges in Partnership with the LCME There will be no guest speakers.
There will be no May, 2020 webinar.
June 4, 2020 (presentation slides available) Not-so-obvious Considerations at the Medical School/Clinical Affiliate Interface: A Tapas Menu Featuring Elements 1.4, 3.5, 4.4, 4.5, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, and 10.8 There will be no guest speakers.
July 16, 2020 (presentation slides available) Big Data, Big Systems: Elements 1.1 and 3.3 There will be no guest speakers.
August 13, 2020 (presentation slides available) Big Picture, Big Principles: Self-Directed Learning, Parallel Curricula, Sharing Faculty, and Interprofessional Collaborative Skills There will be no guest speakers.
September 24, 2020 MythBusters I There will be no guest speakers.
October 29, 2020 MythBusters II There will be no guest speakers.

Resources from Previous Webinars

Information related to Connecting with the Secretariat webinars are the opinions of the LCME Secretariat and do not reflect the opinion of the 19 members of the LCME. As a courtesy to webinar participants, the LCME Secretariat will occasionally share documents and presentations discussed by guest speakers during these webinars. These presentations/documents have neither been reviewed nor approved by the LCME and are not endorsed by the LCME Secretariat. Presentation slides and/or documents presented on a webinar are available on the event page specific to that webinar under Previous Events.