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Connecting with the Secretariat Webinar

January through October, the LCME Secretariat hosts a monthly Connecting with the Secretariat webinar that provides 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.

2024 Webinars

All sessions take place from 1:30-3:00 PM (ET). In the table below is a list of the topics covered and a link to each webinar with access to presentations (posted the day of the webinar).  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, 2024 Planning and Conducting Your Accreditation Survey Visit: Embracing the Process Bryan Bognar, MD, MPH, FACP
Vice Dean for Educational Affairs
Chair, Department of Medical Education
Professor of Internal Medicine
USF Health Morsani College of Medicine

Siwar Bizri, MA
Accreditation and Business Analyst
USF Health Morsani College of Medicine

February 6, 2024
(presentation recording available)
Independent Student Analysis Emily Marrero
Class of 2024
University of Virginia School of Medicine
March 7, 2024 Element 3.3: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow No guest speaker
April 4, 2024 How the LCME Collects and Utilizes Student Data: Introducing the AY 2025-26 ISA No guest speaker
There will be no May 2024 webinar.
June 6, 2024 Frequently Cited Elements: Results of an Eight-Year Cycle Review No guest speaker
July 11, 2024 Focus on the Faculty: Challenges in the Academic Learning Environment No guest speaker
August 1, 2024 Sharing Clinical Sites: LCME Truths and Untruths No guest speaker
September 5, 2024 Mythbusters! No guest speaker
October 3, 2024 Mythbusters! No guest speaker

Resources from Past Webinars

Information related to Connecting with the Secretariat webinars are the opinions of the LCME Secretariat and do not reflect the opinion of the 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.