Stanford School of Medicine's LCME Accreditation Process


From January 24th to 26th, 2022, a team from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) will conduct a virtual site visit to assess the School of Medicine and the MD program. The LCME is the only organization recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit educational programs leading to the MD degree, and it completes these visits every few years to ensure that the medical school is meeting national quality standards. The School of Medicine’s last accreditation review occurred in 2013, after which it received a full, eight-year term of accreditation.

As this visit approaches, the medical school will engage in a period of intense self-study aimed at showcasing our strengths and identifying new opportunities for growth. Hundreds of stakeholders including students, faculty, staff, and members of the community will gather in different committees and task forces to analyze and report on the medical school’s success in several domains including its institutional setting, curriculum, student and faculty support, and educational resources, among others.

A successful accreditation review depends upon the time and efforts of our entire School of Medicine community. For more information about how you can get involved, contact LCME project specialist Serena Collins-Isiah at

More about LCME

The LCME is co-sponsored by the American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges and is composed of nineteen members including physicians, educators, and members of the public. As a programmatic accreditor, LCME is charged with setting and enforcing quality standards for medical education leading to the MD degree in the United States and Canada.

The Functions and Structure of a Medical School document outlines the standards to which accredited programs are held accountable. These standards were most recently revised in 2016 and are organized into 12 overarching standards and 93 elements.

In addition to serving as an assurance of educational quality, LCME accreditation qualifies graduates of LCME-accredited programs to sit for the US Medical Licensing Examination and makes them eligible for residency programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Additionally, LCME accreditation is required by many state boards as a condition for licensure.

More information about the LCME, including all documentation related to their processes, can be found at

Stanford’s LCME Process

Hundreds of contributors will share their time and expertise as the medical school undergoes self-study and prepares for the LCME site visit. Several committees have been formed to carry out different portions of the process, as represented below:


We are grateful to the members of our community that are lending their time and expertise to our self-study efforts. To see a list of contributors, please see this page


Roles and Responsibilities

  • The dean of the medical school has overall responsibility for the LCME accreditation process.
  • The Institutional Self-Study task force reports to the dean and is responsible for overseeing, advising, and promoting excellence during the self-study period and during the accreditation site visit.
  • The Steering Committee convenes early in the self-study process to help design and staff the self-study committees.
  • The self-study committees are responsible for generating reports about the MD program’s compliance with LCME standards.
  • Students will organize the Independent Student Analysis committee to gather data from students regarding their experiences in and impressions of the MD program.
  • The Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Working Group will be responsible for ensuring that there are processes in place for the medical school to continue monitoring its success and compliance with accreditation standards in an ongoing manner.


The LCME accreditation process will be divided into four parts:

  • 1.       Completion of the Data Collection Instrument (DCI)
  • 2.       Creation and review of the self-study reports and Institutional Self-Study
  • 3.       Conduct and review of the Independent Student Analysis
  • 4.       Completion of the accreditation survey visit