Liaison Committee on Medical Education Accreditation

Students at the White Coat Ceremony


Welcome to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Self-Study website. We have begun our institutional self-study, the first step in our preparation to renew our accreditation as a medical school. This means that administration, faculty members and students are all working together to assess the quality of our medical education program in advance of a formal site visit by the LCME survey team. This team will provide to the accrediting body, recommendations regarding our accreditation. During this time of self-reflection, we hope to find areas that will encourage growth within our institution while also reasserting our strengths.

This is an exciting time for our school, and the attendance of the UNR Med community at the LCME Kickoff proved our commitment to making this self-study a process of teamwork, exploration and impact. The LCME Kickoff event was designed to celebrate the start of our self-study and reaffirm our commitment to the continuous quality assurance of our medical school. The kickoff was just one of the opportunities that the UNR Med community at large can participate in the self-study. Please visit this website for further updates regarding our accreditation process and how you can contribute.

What is the LCME?

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is the agency for the accreditation of medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in the United States and Canada. It is sponsored by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The LCME accreditation is a peer-reviewed process that determines whether a medical education program adheres to established standards that describe the appropriate functions and structure of a medical education program. Maintaining LCME accreditation qualifies a medical school to receive federal grants and programs. It is required by most state boards of licensure that students graduate from an LCME accredited school.

What is the self-study process?

The self-study process is a yearlong process that the School of Medicine will undertake to determine the strengths and areas of concern for our medical education program. It will allow administration, faculty and students to work together collectively to identify and develop strategies within our school that will help us to flourish. This process will require the collection and review of data about our school as it pertain to the standards for accreditation using the data collection instrument (DCI). An executive summary will also be written to assess the quality of our program highlighting our strengths and areas for growth. In addition, medical students will conduct their own independent student analysis of the medical education program that will be included in the final submission package to the LCME.

The self-study examines five essential aspects, as stated by the LCME, that make up a medical education program: (1) institutional setting, (2) education program for the M.D. degree, (3) medical students, (4) faculty and (5) educational resources.

LCME group