LCME Overview

What is the LCME?

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is the national accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the MD degree in the U.S. and Canada. LCME accreditation is a voluntary, peer-reviewed process of quality assurance that determines whether a medical education program meets established standards outlined in the functions and structure of a Medical School. This accreditation is required in most states for licensing graduates and for receiving federal financial aid. Programs are required to demonstrate that their graduates exhibit general professional competencies that are appropriate for entry to the next stage of their training and that serve as the foundation for lifelong learning and proficient medical care. Only graduates of LCME-accredited schools are eligible for residency programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) purposes.

The MD degree programs at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine were last reviewed by the LCME in 2015 and received full accreditation. Additional information on accreditation status can be found at: