MD Program

Medical School Accreditation

LCME Accreditation

In the United States, the accreditation status of programs leading to the MD degree is determined solely by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). In cooperation with the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS), the LCME also accredits MD programs in Canada. LCME accreditation is a voluntary, peer-review process of quality assurance. Jointly funded by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association, the LCME reviews the 135 US and 17 Canadian medical schools it accredits every eight years.

Accreditation seeks to answer three key questions:
1. Has the medical education program clearly established its mission and institutional learning objectives?
2. Are the medical education program’s curriculum and resources organized to meet its mission and objectives?
3. What is the evidence that the medical education program is currently achieving its mission and objectives and is likely to continue to meet them in the future?

To become and stay accredited, medical school education programs must meet the national standards described in the document, Functions and Structure of a Medical School. IU School of Medicine first received LCME accreditation during World War II; preparation for an accreditation survey team visit in April 2017 is well underway. As part of the school’s preparation, three mock site visits were scheduled in 2016 and early 2017. The third visit, which takes place Feb. 5-9, is organized as a dress rehearsal to match the actual LCME site visit itinerary and includes visits to three IU School of Medicine campuses: Fort Wayne, Muncie and West Lafayette.

Internal Institutional Review

This preparation process is an all hands-on-deck opportunity to engage faculty, students and staff in a rigorous institutional review that will lead to enhancing the educational process for learners at IU School of Medicine as part of an ongoing improvement effort that enables the school to continue to enrich its programs for years to come.

“While successful reaccreditation is critically important, this is about much more than compliance,” explained IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA. “We are preparing the next generation of healers, who will impact the lives of countless patients and impact the culture of medicine for decades to come. Leading up to and continuing after reaccreditation, the school will build on our insights to ensure that we have uniform excellence in education across all nine campuses and a continuous quality improvement system that ensures year-over-year excellence in the future.”

Accreditation FAQ

The accreditation process gives medical education organizations an opportunity to evaluate, improve and innovate to make their programs stronger and more beneficial to learners. LCME accreditation is recognized as the reliable accreditation authority for MD programs by US and Canadian medical schools, their parent universities and the federal government. Accreditation signifies that national standards are met by a medical school’s education program leading to the MD degree. LCME accreditation establishes eligibility for selected federal grants and programs, including Title VII funding administered by the Public Health Service.

Students and graduates of LCME-accredited medical schools are eligible to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). These graduates also are eligible to enter residencies approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Graduating from an LCME-accredited US school and passing the national licensing examinations are accepted as prerequisites for medical licensure in most states.

In 2008, IU School of Medicine was found to be in noncompliance in areas related to its statewide curriculum, timing of receipt of clerkship grades, and faculty diversity. All issues were resolved and, in 2012, the school’s obligation to submit follow-up documentation ended.

IU School of Medicine began planning for the April 2017 survey visit at the beginning of 2015. Typically, medical schools reserve 18 to 24 months for planning, review and implementation of changes earmarked during the internal review.

Yes. Faculty, staff and students at all nine medical education campuses have an important role in the reaccreditation process.

Yes. IU School of Medicine administration views the accreditation process as a tool for informing curriculum reform.

All inquiries or suggestions about the reaccreditation process can be submitted to accreditation@iu.edu.