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United States of America

Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)*

http://www.lcme.org/

Duration and levels of accreditation

8 years

Accreditation standards

http://lcme.org/publications/

Evaluation process

http://lcme.org/publications/

Outcome/consequences of accreditation

Voluntary

Required for eligibility to enter postgraduate education and a requirement for licensure

Description of accreditation organization

Independent Entity

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in U.S. and Canadian medical schools. LCME is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association.

* This accrediting agency is currently recognized by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) Programme for Recognition of Accreditation Agencies. This recognition by WFME does not imply that all medical schools operating in this country are currently accredited by the agency. Please refer to the accrediting agency directly for information regarding the accreditation status of specific medical schools.

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Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA)

http://www.osteopathic.org/inside-aoa/accreditation/Pages/default.aspx

Duration and levels of accreditation

7 years

Accreditation standards

http://www.osteopathic.org/inside-aoa/accreditation/COM-accreditation/Pages/default.aspx

Evaluation process

http://www.osteopathic.org/inside-aoa/accreditation/COM-accreditation/Pages/default.aspx

Outcome/consequences of accreditation

Voluntary

Required for eligibility to enter postgraduate education, and a requirement for licensure

Description of accreditation organization

Independent entity

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[Last update: March 31, 2017]