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?

IU School of Medicine first received LCME accreditation during World War II. To become and stay accredited, medical school education programs must meet the national standards described in the document, Functions and Structure of a Medical SchoolIU School of Medicine’s most recent reaccreditation site visit concluded April 23, 2017. The LCME will notify the school of its reaccreditation status in late 2017.

 

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.”

LCME Reaccreditation Site Visit FAQ

The April site visit is part of IU School of Medicine’s pursuit of reaccreditation, which happens every eight years. The visit is the culmination of a two-year planning process, with surveyors from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) visiting our campuses as part of consideration for reaccreditation.

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is recognized as the reliable accreditation authority for MD programs by U.S. 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.

The surveyors who visited us in April use their findings to prepare a report, which is forwarded to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) who will make that decision.

The LCME group meets later this year, at which point they will make that determination.

It is not the surveyors’ role to make that decision so they do not comment on status as part of their visit.

To respect the role of the LCME group that makes the decision, the surveyors do not indicate a school’s strengths – they only identify opportunities or concerns based on their observations with school leadership during the visit. Some of the areas noted during our visit included Learning Environment; Curricular Content and Management; Teaching, Supervision and Assessment; and Student Support Services.

Our work in preparation for the site visit was grounded in principles of Continuous Quality Improvement. This work will move forward with ongoing enhancements to our education programs. You will receive monthly updates on our progress with this ongoing work and any other status updates as the school is informed.

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.

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