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LCME Accreditation

LCME logoThe Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the MD degree in the United States and Canada. The LCME is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Medical Association (AMA).

In determining accreditation status, the LCME conducts periodic accreditation site visits. The LCME will conduct its next accreditation visit at UNM School of Medicine on February 25-28, 2018. In preparation for our upcoming site visit, and ongoing monitoring of accreditation standards, a new structure for committees was formed in fall of 2015 based on the revised LCME standards/elements. The following six subcommittees were formed and charged with the task of reviewing all the standards/elements, gathering data, and writing reports about specific areas of medical education at UNM:

Standards 1 and 2:

  1. Mission, Planning, Organization, and Integrity
  2. Leadership and Administration

Standards 3 and 4:

  1. Academic and Learning Environments
  2. Faculty Preparation, Productivity, Participation, and Policies

Standard 5:

  1. Educational Resources and Infrastructure

Standards 6 and 7:

  1. Competencies, Curricular Objectives, and Curricular Design
  2. Curricular Content

Standards 8 and 9:

  1. Curriculum Management, Evaluation, and Enhancement
  2. Teaching, Supervision, Assessment, and Student and Patient Safety

Standards 10, 11, 12:

  1. Medical Student Selection, Assignment, and Progress
  2. Medical Student Academic Support, Career Advising, and Educational Records
  3. Medical Student Health Series, Personal Counseling, and Financial Aid Services

Each subcommittee, comprised of junior and senior faculty, administrators, staff and students, will answer in-depth questions posed by the LCME regarding every component of our medical education program. This provides the SOM with the opportunity for self-evaluation and improvement as well as certification that the SOM is meeting the educational standards for accreditation. After completing the database questions, each committee will also write a report on their topics and all topical reports will be integrated into a summary institutional self-study report. This report will then be submitted to the LCME in mid-November, and a site visit on February 25-28, 2018, will finish the review.

The following subcommittees were also created by Dean Paul Roth, with the LCME Executive Committee (responsible for completion of preparation for the self-study process and survey visit):

Independent Student Analysis (ISA) Group

Students play an important role in the self-study, participating on each subcommittee as well as running their own subcommittee to conduct an independent student-based self-study of the medical school. This subcommittee will conduct a survey of our medical students' experiences and opinions to develop a comprehensive picture of how students perceive the medical school, and use those results in conjunction with the AAMC graduation questionnaire results to provide the student review and analysis of the medical education program, student services, learning environment, and adequacy of educational resources. This report will be included in the final institutional self-study report submitted to the LCME.

LCME Steering Committee

This committee oversees the self-study process and will compile information from the subcommittee reports into an institutional summary report.