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AMA, AAMC sign agreement to strengthen med school accreditation
For over 70 years, the AMA and Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) have jointly sponsored the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME), the world's "gold standard" for accreditation of medical education programs.
Last month, the two associations formalized their partnership in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) outlining their joint, ongoing commitment to supporting the medical education accreditation process well into the future.
The MOU specifies formation of a new advisory council to support the LCME's work and advance the future of medical education in the United States. The nine-member council, with three members from the AMA, three from the AAMC and three from the LCME, is charged with enhancing communication, improving planning and facilitating sharing of best practices.
With the council's guidance, the LCME should be better equipped to handle the increased accreditation demands associated with the development of new medical schools and the expansion of existing ones. These important clarifications will benefit medical schools and ultimately those who depend on U.S.-trained physicians for delivering the highest quality of care in the world.
"This agreement is consistent with the AMA's historic leadership role in shaping medical education in this country and aligns nicely with the AMA's new strategic objective to accelerate change in medical education," said AMA CEO and Executive Vice President James L. Madara, MD.
As described in the July issue of AMA MedEd Update, accelerating change in medical education is one of three focus areas under the AMA's new strategic direction. Note: AMA members are invited to send feedback (AMA login required) on the AMA's new strategic direction.