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U.S., Canadian med ed leaders formalize reciprocal accreditation
In a landmark agreement signed in December, the accrediting bodies of U.S. and Canadian medical schools took an important step in advancing their commitment to shared quality standards in medical education.
Building on more than 50 years of close work between the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS), the agreement formalizes their partnership to ensure medical school graduates in both nations meet their respective countries' standards and are prepared for the next phase of their medical training.
The agreement was signed by the four organizations that sponsor these accrediting bodies: the AMA, the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), the Canadian Medical Association and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada.
"We are committed to bringing our doctors of tomorrow into the 21st century, as demonstrated by AMA's Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative, and the agreement signed today will help us move closer to that goal through initiatives that will improve practice sustainability and professional satisfaction as well as public health," said AMA President Ardis D. Hoven, MD.
Under the new agreement, the policies and processes of the LCME and CACMS will be modified to reflect six principles of accreditation, as well as components that are specific to U.S. and Canadian medical program accreditation. The understanding also calls for regular review of the principles to ensure they are addressing future medical education needs in both countries.
U.S. programs will continue to be LCME-accredited, while Canadian medical education programs will continue to receive both LCME and CACMS accreditation. The agreement allows Canadian programs the flexibility to address the differences in some aspects of medical education programs in order to meet unique national demands.