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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
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Why Is LCME Accreditation Important?

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. The process also fosters institutional and programmatic improvement.

To achieve and maintain accreditation, a medical education program 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.

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 be accredited by the LCME as a condition for licensure of their graduates.

Eligibility of students 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).

To learn more, visit the LCME website.

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