Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the accreditation process for Harvard Medical School? 

    Harvard Medical School, as an academic institution offering an MD degree, is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). The LCME is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association. LCME accreditation is a voluntary, peer-reviewed process of quality assurance that determines whether the medical education program meets established standards. Accreditation by the LCME establishes eligibility for selected federal grants and programs, including Title VII funding administered by the U.S. Public Health Service. 

  • What are the key issues the LCME will review?

    The LCME evaluates five major themes to assess the quality of a medical school's educational program: the institutional setting, the breadth of available resources, topics related to faculty affairs, the students and their overall academic experience, and the full MD curriculum.