The Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS), working with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) in the United States, ensures that Canadian medical faculties' MD programs meet the quality expected when producing tomorrow's doctors. Medical schools demonstrating compliance are afforded accreditation, a necessary condition for a program's graduates to be licensed as physicians.
Functions and Structure of a Medical School
Accreditation is a voluntary, peer-review process designed to attest to the educational quality of new and established educational programs. The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredits complete and independent medical education programs in which medical students are geographically located in the United States or Canada for their education and which are operated by universities or medical schools that are chartered in the United States or Canada.
Accreditation of Canadian medical education programs is undertaken in cooperation with the Committee on the Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS). By judging the compliance of medical education programs with nationally accepted standards of educational quality, the LCME and the CACMS serve the interests of the general public and of the medical students enrolled in those programs.
To achieve and maintain accreditation, a medical education program leading to the M.D. degree in the U.S. and Canada must meet the standards contained in the following document. The accreditation process requires a medical education program to provide assurances that its 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. While recognizing the existence and appropriateness of diverse institutional missions and educational objectives, the LCME subscribes to the proposition that local circumstances do not justify accreditation of a substandard program of medical education leading to the M.D. degree.
- Excerpt from LCME Website
CMU and Accreditation
The UBC Faculty of Medicine's Curriculum Committee has approved the implementation of the
Educational Activity Form (EAF) to facilitate the continued process of collecting curricular information. To learn more about the LCME
Accreditation Standards and the Committee on the Accreditation of
Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS), please visit the FoM Accreditation page.