LCME Accreditation

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredits all medical schools in the U.S. and Canada every eight years. It is jointly sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association.

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Re-accreditation assures our stakeholders that our medical education program meets or exceeds nationally accepted standards of quality. As such, the Medical School aims to ensure it meets the standards of accreditation set by the LCME and to identify opportunities for program improvement. 

  • Process Overview
  • Spring - Fall 2018
  • Spring - Summer 2019
  • Spring 2020
  • Process Overview

    Prior to the Site Visit we will be undergoing an intensive Self-Study that involves representatives across the institution. These individuals will collect and review data, identify our strengths and challenges, and assist in the development of action plans to improve the educational program. The next steps are as follows:

  • Spring - Fall 2018

    Completion of a data collection instrument (DCI) and an independent student analysis (ISA)

  • Spring - Summer 2019

    Analysis of the DCI, ISA, and other information sources by an institutional self-study task force and its subcommittees, for integration into a summary report to be submitted to the LCME in fall 2019.

  • Spring 2020

    Visit by an ad hoc survey team and preparation of the survey team report for review by the LCME. This is followed by Action on Accreditation by the LCME.

FORESIGHT 2020: An LCME Newsletter

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This newsletter will be published monthly and showcase the "Standard of the Month" as well as other important updates as we gear up for the site visit in April 2020.

May 2019

Welcome to your first edition of our LCME update.  We are now less than a year away from our site visit!

As your Faculty Accreditation Lead (FAL) I want to thank all of you who have been a part of the enormous amount of work to get us where we are today.  We have completed the first draft and its revisions of the Data Collection Instrument (DCI) and the Independent Student Analysis (ISA) that together provide the data for us to be able to answer the questions in our Self Study Guide to address our areas of strength and weakness.  We are laser focused on our two major goals for this visit:

  1. No surprises--we want to identify all of the potential areas for concern so that we can be actively addressing them when the site visitors arrive.
  2. An eight-year accreditation decision!

Towards the first goal, each month we will share with you one of the 12 standards and identify a few of the areas of strength and areas for improvement.  We want this to be a transparent and learning process for the organization.

I appreciate in advance all of the hard work that is upcoming in this next twelve months, and am confident we are well on the way to reaching the educational vision for the University of Minnesota Medical School:

A community, learning together to prepare exceptional physicians to improve the health and well being of Minnesota and beyond.

With gratitude,

Standard of the Month: Standard 1 (of 12): Mission, Planning, Organization, and Integrity

What's the Theme?

The 12 Standards are organized to flow from the level of the institution to the level of the student. So, it's not surprising that the first Standard covers topics such as the medical school's Strategic Plan, the Constitution and Bylaws, the overall structure of governance, including faculty participation in such governance, and our agreements with affiliate partners.

Specifically, Standard 1 states:

"A medical school has a written statement of mission and goals for the medical education program, conducts ongoing planning, and has written bylaws that describe an effective organizational structure and governance processes. In the conduct of all internal and external activities, the medical school demonstrates integrity through its consistent and documented adherence to fair, impartial, and effective processes, policies, and practices."

What are we doing well?

UMMS has a strategic plan originating in 2014 to create a culture of excellence in education, patient care, and research. An area we sought to grow and foster through this strategic plan is relationships with affiliate partners and community stakeholders. One of the many ways we have pursued that goal has been by increasing our longitudinal integrated clerkships by expanding to three of our major partners: The Veterans Administration Hospital, Health Partners, and HCMC. This meets our institutional strategic goal to provide education advancing all aspects of medicine through innovative teaching and learning practices that set national trends.

As an extension of the institutional Strategic Plan, a major initiative to develop an Undergraduate Medical Education Strategic Plan was completed in 2018. The development of this UME strategic plan engaged over 500 students, faculty, health system leaders, alumni, and staff. The UME Strategic Plan defines seven principles and their respective goals to guide the medical school into the future of medical education. We are almost through our first year objectives and many of us from across all of our sites and both campuses are working on the 2019-2020 Academic year objectives now.

What are we working on?

As is the case with any effective strategic planning, on-going revision and renewal is essential. A process is being developed to review the Institutional Strategic Plan in order to clarify progress on established objectives and revise aspects as needed to reflect current priorities.

Finally, a substantial effort is being undertaken to review and revise the medical school's constitution and bylaws to ensure they accurately represent the structure, roles, and responsibilities of the school and its members.

Our last site visit was in 2012. Fun facts from that year include:

  • Before 2012 the largest buyer of kale in the US was Pizza Hut, and they only used it as garnish around their salad bar.
  • The Hunger Games and The Avengers were released.
  • The average cost of a gallon of gas was $3.60.
  • Snapchat and Instagram were launched in the Android Store.

April 2019

A Message from Dean Tolar

To be, or not to be. There is no question. That is the importance of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accreditation.

Today marks the beginning of our one-year countdown to the LCME Accreditation Site Visit.


I would like to thank all of you—faculty, staff, and students—who have already contributed to and are hard at work preparing parts of the institutional self-study. This is a tremendous effort, and greatly appreciated.

In the year to come, we will all be asked to participate in this effort in one way or another. Our challenge is to capture the excellence of this Medical School and to address the areas we will be working to improve (whether identified by student survey or through the critical analysis of our education program already conducted). It is a challenge that I know you will meet with the commitment you show in your daily work.

Bearing in mind the importance of accreditation, I would like to ask everyone to please engage when asked. We will need timely responses to requests for information, active membership in committees, and willing participation in the site visit itself.

To keep you informed of the progress of the work, to ensure transparency, and to generate discussion, we will post updates on our LCME landing page.

I know that you support the efforts of the Medical School in many ways and that this is added on top of your already significant workload. I hope you know that your work and time are valued, respected, and critically important.

Please join me as we start this year of reaffirming our commitment to excellence, improvement, and the drive to meet the needs of our changing world.

For more information:

Joseph Oppedisano, D.Ac.
Director of Accreditation
(612) 625-4114