The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is recognized by the U.S. Dept of Education as the accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in U.S. and Canadian medical schools.
Accreditation by the LCME establishes eligibility for selected federal grants and programs, including Title VII funding administered by the Public Health Service. Most state boards of licensure require that U.S. medical schools be accredited by the LCME, as a condition for licensure of their graduates. Eligibility of U.S. students to take the USMLE requires LCME accreditation of their school. Graduates of LCME-accredited schools are eligible for residency programs accredited by the ACGME.
The 17 members of the LCME are medical educators and administrators, practicing physicians, public members, and medical students. The AAMC and the Council on Medical Education of the AMA each appoint six professional members. The AAMC and AMA each appoint one student member. The LCME itself appoints two public members, and a member is appointed to represent the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS).
The LCME is represented by ad hoc teams of evaluators who conduct on-site surveys of medical schools. Survey team members are a mix of basic science and clinical educators and practitioners.