The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredits medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in the United States and Canada.
To be accredited, programs must meet the national standards and elements described in the LCME publication, Functions and Structure of a Medical School.
Accreditation signifies that national standards for structure, function and performance are met by a medical school’s educational program leading to the M.D. degree.
Students enrolled in and graduates of LCME-accredited medical schools are eligible to take United States Medical Licensing Examinations. These graduates also are eligible to enter residencies approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Graduation from an LCME-accredited U.S. medical school and successful completion of national licensing examinations are accepted as prerequisites for medical licensure in most states.
The LCME has 12 standards that are focused on various areas of the function of a medical school. These areas include finance, student support services, recruitment and all aspects of the curriculum. Each standard is made up of elements that explain exactly what the LCME requires for satisfactory functioning of a school of medicine. There are 93 elements.
Every eight years, schools prepare a report that answers questions and collects detailed information for submission to the LCME. A team of faculty and leaders from other medical schools read the detailed information, conduct a three-day site visit and then submit a report of their findings about the school to the LCME.
For the Saint Louis University medical education program, it was determined that the program remains fully accredited, but because of the number and type of unsatisfactory elements, its status is Accredited, on Probation and the school has been given two years to correct deficiencies.