Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)

See the “me” in LCME: Counting down to OHSU School of Medicine site visit on Jan. 12-15, 2020

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in U.S. and Canadian medical schools. Sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association, the LCME accreditation process occurs every eight years and has two aims:

  • to certify that a medical education program meets prescribed standards for function, structure, and performance
  • to promote institutional and programmatic self-evaluation and improvement

"The LCME visit comes at an important moment for the School of Medicine. In our medical education program, and across the school, we have a heightened focus on wellness, diversity and inclusion, and collaboration across the institution to better align our systems in support of our students faculty and staff. The LCME is about continuous improvement, and so are we." -- Dean Sharon Anderson

How you can see the "me" in LCME

The self-study process will bring together hundreds of individuals: basic and clinical science faculty, administrators, staff, trainees and students. It is an opportunity for institutional self-reflection and continuous quality improvement. Committees can use their work to improve the school overall.

Other important facts and dates to note:

  • Aug. 30, 2018 – LCME kickoff event
  • Seven self-study committees, including one comprised entirely of medical students, will meet regularly to assess OHSU in the context of the LCME's 12 standards and 93 associated elements
  • Oct. 21, 2019 – deadline for submitting the self-study package to the LCME
  • Jan. 12-15, 2020 – LCME site visit
  • , M.D., M.P.H., associate dean for undergraduate medical education, OHSU School of Medicine, is the Faculty Accreditation Lead for the LCME process
  • , program technician, is the LCME site visit coordinator

Students embrace opportunity to assess learning environment

Students play an essential role in the self-study process. As required by the LCME, a student committee composed only of medical students, will create and distribute a detailed questionnaire and present their findings in an independent report to the LCME.

Dozens of medical students expressed early interest in helping with the LCME process. Graduate students in the M.D./Ph.D. program are offering their expertise in data analysis to understanding the student-led questionnaire. Here are a couple examples of how students are seeing the "me" in LCME:

"I have been involved with multiple hospital surveys in the past and have seen how processes like this effect long, lasting change. I originally applied to OHSU because I was excited by their vision for being agile and responsive to the needs of a new type of learner in a new health care environment. I want to do my part expand that vision." -- Brianna Pickering, M.D. Class of 2022

"I want to gain more of an understanding of the complexities of health care education, so I can better navigate through this system myself, to support my peers and others who want to access higher education and medical education. I am also very passionate about education and student affairs." -- Derek Song, M.D. Class of 2021

The LCME accreditation process provides us with an opportunity to review all aspects of our medical education program, to assess challenges and to chart a course for enhancing it. The last full-scale accreditation review for the OHSU School of Medicine was in January 2012. Please review coverage of past LCME news on the right.