Organizations formalize long-running LCME co-sponsorship

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Aug. 6, 2012

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The American Medical Association and the Assn. of American Medical Colleges have formalized a 70-year partnership as co-sponsors of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. On July 9, AMA and AAMC leaders signed a memorandum of understanding outlining the organizations’ commitments to the LCME.

Formed by the AMA and AAMC in 1942, the LCME accredits allopathic medical schools in the U.S. and Canada. Through the agreement, a new nine-member council with representatives from the AMA, AAMC and LCME will oversee the LCME’s budget and strategic planning. The LCME retains decision-making authority over accreditation matters.

The agreement follows an in-depth review and fits with the AMA’s objective to accelerate change in medical education, AMA Executive Vice President and CEO James L. Madara, MD, said in a July 10 memo. “We believe these important clarifications will benefit medical schools and ultimately those who depend on U.S.-trained physicians for delivering the highest quality care in the world,” he said.

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