In an eight-year cycle, every educational program for the M.D. degree in the U.S. and Canada undergoes accreditation review
by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Accreditation is a process of quality assurance that determines
whether the program meets established standards for function, structure and performance. The accreditation process
is intended to foster institutional and program improvement.
Program accreditation by the LCME confers eligibility on U.S. medical school graduates for medical licensure
in most states. It also allows U.S. students to take the USMLE, participate in the residency match and
matriculate into residency programs accredited by the ACGME. It is required for participation in federal
grants and programs, including health-professions loans. Therefore, successful completion of the accreditation
process is an important goal for the entire academic community.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine was last reviewed in 2006 and we have begun preparation for our
next LCME accreditation survey, scheduled for December 2014. Many members of the faculty, student body and
administration already are involved. We invite everyone to become familiar with the process and to contribute
to our self-study and to the report we will submit to the LCME.