The LCME accredits medical education programs leading to the MD degree in the United States and Canada.
LCME accreditation is a voluntary, peer-reviewed process of quality assurance that determines whether the medical education program meets established standards.
Feinberg School of Medicine currently holds full accreditation from the LCME. The last full survey visit was in 2013 and the next visit is scheduled for April 18–21, 2021.
The accreditation process includes an independent student analysis and an institutional self-study, and culminates with the three-day survey visit by an LCME team April 18–21, 2021. Please see the Timeline for details.
In April 2021, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine will welcome a team representing the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accrediting organization for medical education programs leading to the MD degree, to our downtown Chicago campus.
LCME accreditation is a peer-reviewed process of quality assurance that determines whether the medical education program meets established standards. The accreditation process includes completion of the LCME’s data collection instrument (DCI), a self-assessment of our performance across the LCME’s 12 overarching standards and 93 elements, and an independent student analysis, followed by the April 2021 site visit. Full accreditation is an eight-year term.
The LCME process includes every aspect of our medical school, from curriculum to student spaces, student health to career advising, to facilities and finances, to our scholarly environment and wellness programming. In preparation for this important site visit, I have appointed a Self-Study Task Force co-led by Diane B. Wayne, MD, Vice Dean for Education and Marianne Green, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Education. Five subcommittees with broad representation from across our school have already been formed to analyze our performance on the LCME standards and elements. This work builds upon that of the LCME Quality Improvement Committee, a standing committee of the school, chaired by Deborah Clements, MD, Chair of Family and Community Medicine, which has been focused on these activities since 2014.
During these upcoming months as we take on this self-study and prepare for the accreditation process, it is essential for Feinberg to continue to innovate and evolve. This is an excellent opportunity for continuous quality improvement across our medical school, bringing people together from all areas of Feinberg, all aligned on a common vision of exceptional medical education and our steadfast mission to transform human health.
I want to recognize and thank all the faculty, staff, trainees, and students involved for your hard work and commitment to academic excellence, intellectual diversity, and continuous improvement. Together, we will advance the practice of medicine in an integrated, learner-centered environment that promotes inquiry, continuity, and evidence-based learning.
Eric G. Neilson, MD