Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)

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The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accreditation is a voluntary, peer-reviewed process of quality assurance that determines whether the medical education program meets established standards. This process also fosters institutional and programmatic improvement. To achieve and maintain accreditation, a medical education program leading to the MD degree in the United States and Canada must meet the LCME accreditation standards contained in the LCME document Functions and Structure of a Medical School. Programs are required to demonstrate that their graduates exhibit general professional competencies that are appropriate for entry to the next stage of their training and that serve as the foundation for lifelong learning and proficient medical care. While recognizing the existence and appropriateness of diverse institutional missions and educational objectives, the LCME subscribes to the proposition that local circumstances do not justify accreditation of a substandard program of medical education leading to the MD degree.

“Accreditation affirms Morehouse School of Medicine’s commitment to excellence and high professional standards in academic medicine. We take great pride in the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accreditation process and look forward to the continued full accreditation of our MD program”.  – Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, President

How will the LCME evaluate changes to the clinical curriculum that resulted from COVID-19?

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) recognizes that COVID-19 has posed many challenges to delivering the planned medical school curriculum.  Indeed, a great deal of creativity and responsiveness was needed to maintain a safe and effective learning environment for all students at MSM.  The LCME has articulated how these changes will be reviewed.

MSM will be evaluated on 1) the flexibility and innovation demonstrated in adapting the time and space of clinical encounters and 2) consistency in grading across clerkships from a certain time. 

Specific expectations are held for the Curriculum Education Committee (CEC) and the Student Advancement and Promotion (SAP) Committee. 

The CEC is expected to have:

  • Made deliberate identification of those clinical experiences/assessments that can only be met with direct patient contact versus those that can be achieved and/or assessed through alternative/virtual formats.
  • Reviewed the learning objectives of all clerkships, including typical final-year clerkships, and determined where some objectives may have been met in another clerkship or at another point in the student’s curriculum.

The SAP Committee is expected to have:

  • Considered waiver of elective graduation requirements.

Through weekly meetings with Clerkship Directors, MSM devised an innovative response to meeting required clinical experiences with a mixture of live and virtual cases.  Virtual cases were selected by teaching faculty from nationally recognized online resources.  The SAP committee amended the elective graduation requirement to add new flexible-format electives and help students navigate changes that limited away electives.

MSM faculty and students met the challenges presented by COVID with flexibility and creativity. Be ready to tell the MSM story January 24-27, 2021 during the LCME virtual survey visit!

Why is LCME accreditation important?

For medical education programs located in the United States, accreditation by the LCME establishes eligibility for selected federal grants and programs, including Title VII funding administered by the U.S. Public Health Service. Most state boards of licensure require that U.S. medical schools granting the MD degree be accredited by the LCME as a condition for licensure of their graduates. Eligibility of U.S. students in MD-granting schools to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) requires LCME accreditation of their school. Graduates of LCME-accredited schools are eligible for residency programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Accreditation is the educator’s friend.” 
Dr. Martha Elks, Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs

 

MSM and LCME Accreditation

Morehouse School of Medicine received full accreditation by the Liaison Committee of Medical Education in 2013 until academic year 2020-2021.

Our recent accreditation efforts will span out between October 2018-January 2021. 

Important Dates

  • Selection of Faculty Fellow – October 2018
  • Selection of Dates  April 2019
  • Orientation    May 2019
  • Naming of Steering Committee and Sub Committees June 2019
  • LCME Kick OFF
  • Review of DCI and Criteria and Work of Committees – August-December 2019
  • Establishment of Independent Student Review August 2019
  • Student Review  October 2019 – Jan 2020
  • Prepare Self-Study Report – April 2020
  • Mock Site Visit  August 2020
  • Submit Self-Study – October 2020
  • Dress Rehearsal Site Visit – January 2021
  • Virtual Site Visit – January 24-27, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • How often does LCME occur?
    LCME accreditation occurs every eight years. Morehouse School of Medicine received our last letter of accreditation in 2013.
  • What are the components of accreditation?

    Medical Schools are asked to meet 12 standards consisting of 93 data elements. These 12 standards span the entire mission of the medical school and cover the following topics:

    1. Mission, Planning, Organization and Integrity
    2. Leadership and Administration
    3. Academic and Learning Environments
    4. Faculty Preparation, Productivity, Preparation, and Policies
    5. Educational Resources and Infrastructure
    6. Competencies, Curricular Objectives, and Curricular Design
    7. Curricular Content
    8. Curricular Management, Evaluation, and Enhancement
    9. Teaching Supervision, Assessment, and Student and Patient Safety
    10. Medical Student Selection, Assignment, and Progress
    11. Medical Student Academic Support, Career Advising, and Educational Records
    12. Medical Student Health Services, Personal Counseling, and Financial Aid Services
  • What are the steps involved in the LCME process?

    The LCME accreditation process occurs over an 18-month period and consists of an institutional self-study ending with a peer review/site visit. Also included are the following steps:

    1. Completion of a Data Collection Instrument.
    2. Student body completes an Independent Student Analysis (ISA).
    3. Institutional Self-Study Task force consisting of several sub-committees receives the DCI and ISA to write self-study reports and a summary report.
    4. A three-day visit by a group of Faculty Members/Deans from other medical schools who review the school’s submitted documents and interview faculty, students, and residents
  • Who makes up the full MSM LCME Committee?

    The LCME Steering Committee

    The LCME Steering Committee will oversee the entire LCME process, from arranging the DCI/Self Study in 2019 through the LCME site visit in January of 2021. This committee will make operational and policy decisions about preparation for LCME review. This committee includes Chairs and Co-chairs who are area specialist in their subsections, as well as Faculty, Staff, and two Students who are essential in upstanding our mission in leading the advancement of health equity.

    LCME Subcommittees

    The seven LCME Subcommittees and their LCME Working Groups will collect and review data for the questions for their respective subsections of the LCME self-study. Once this data has been complied into reports they will be submitted for review to the Steering Committee. This committee is compiled of faculty and students who will recommend changes to assure the DCI meets all LCME standards.

    The LCME Coordinators

    The LCME Coordinators have organized the LCME Database information for the subcommittees and working groups to use in answering their specific self-study questions.  They will liaise with subcommittee and working group chairs to collect and distribute information.

  •   Where can I learn more information on the Liaison Committee on Medical Education?
     

    You can visit the Liaison Committee on Medical Education homepage here.

 Contact Us

  • Martha L. Elks, M.D., Ph.D., FAPC, FACE  Professor

    Dr. Martha Elks
    Martha Elks, M.D., Ph.D., is the institutional LCME Liaison, as well as the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) Associate Dean for Educational Affairs. In her role as the LCME liaison, she oversees campus-wide MD Degree accreditation. In this capacity, she ensures that MSM is meeting all the established standards for compliance with accreditation requirements and that they are incorporated into the planning and evaluation process of the institution. Furthermore, she ensures that MSM is comprehensively documenting its institutional processes to reflect its execution of leading the creation and advancement of healthy equity.


    Contact:

    Dr. Martha L. Elks

    Medical Education
    Senior Associate Dean of Educational Affairs, LCME Accreditation Liaison 

    Location: Hugh Gloster Building 100
    Phone: (404) 756-5297
    E-mail: melks@msm.edu

  • Jaqueline Milligan

    Program Manager
    Jmilligan@msm.edu