The Liaison Committee on Medical Education accredits medical schools in the US and Canada. Accreditation ensures that medical schools meet standards set by the LCME. Medical schools 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.”
Most state medical boards require that U.S. medical schools be accredited by the LCME as a condition for graduates’ licensure. US medical students cannot take United States Medical Licensing Examinations unless they are enrolled at an accredited school.
Each medical school periodically goes through a review and re-accreditation process. Occasionally schools are put on probation and must make changes to maintain their accreditation.
Medical school applicants should be cognizant of the schools on probation. If they apply to those schools they should find out what the schools are doing to rectify the situation to be taken off probation.
At this date the following school is on probation:
Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine (Puerto Rico)
The school’s public response to the probation can be found here.
In addition, Florida State was given a warning in October 2019. The substance of the warning—and what the LCME found lacking—has not been revealed. According to this article, the LCME will revisit in the Spring of 2020 to reassess the school and make a final determination regarding accreditation.
–Liza Thompson, Expert Medical School Admissions Consulting
Updated on November 4, 2019 and again on December 16, 2019