Continuous Quality Improvement & Accreditation

LCME Accreditation FAQs

Updated November 13, 2019

Did NEOMED receive notice of accreditation from the LCME? If so, what was the outcome?

Yes. NEOMED’s College of Medicine received continued full accreditation with warning.

What does “continued full accreditation with warning” mean?

The College maintains its same rights and privileges – equivalent to any LCME accredited school. And it must respond effectively to the LCME’s identified needs for improvement.

Does an LCME designation warning mean that the medical school is on probation?

No. The school maintains continued accreditation, but it must bring effective change to the areas of concern within 18 months, at which point the LCME will determine whether to remove the notation of warning.

Much corrective action work has been ongoing before and since the departure of the LCME site visit team. Are colleges of medicine permitted to submit their corrective action work and the outcomes of the work for consideration in the final LCME status decision?

No. The final accreditation decision is based on data submitted up to and including the LCME site visit survey.  For NEOMED, this was March 2019.

What is the LCME’s process for removal of a warning?

By early 2020, the College must develop action plans for addressing each area of concern. The  LCME Secretariat ― experienced medical educators from the AAMC and the AMA who share the formal responsibilities for managing the LCME ― will provide consultation in spring of 2020 to review the adequacy and effectiveness of the action plans. Upon review and approval of the action plans, the College will work to complete the action steps, after which a  limited, focused site visit will be scheduled and completed in advance of the June 2021 LCME meeting. As with its initial site visit, the College will engage a broad group of stakeholders for the limited site visit and students will play a vital role in all aspects of development of action plans and assessment of their effectiveness.

At their June 2021 meeting, the LCME will evaluate the medical education program to decide whether to remove its warning status. The school will be notified of the LCME’s decision within 30 days of that meeting.

Have other medical schools been placed on warning?

Yes. The LCME does not require the status of warning to be listed publicly or reported publicly by schools.

Has a previously accredited medical school ever had its accreditation removed by the LCME after being placed on warning?


Does a warning impact a fourth-year student’s ability to match into a residency?

No. Schools with warnings remain fully accredited and students maintain all of the rights and privileges associated with accreditation. Those rights include the ability to sit for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) exam steps, to continue receiving federal financial aid, and to apply for residency programs.

What are the pass rates for NEOMED students on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1?

Our students have a 5-yr pass rate of 96% for Step 1, which matches the national rate.

What is the average score NEOMED students on USMLE Step 1?

Our students have a 5-yr average score of 227 for Step 1, just shy of the national average of 229.

What are the pass rates for NEOMED students on USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK)?

Our students have a 5-yr pass rate of 96% for Step 2 CK, which matches the national rate.

What is the average score NEOMED students on USMLE Step 2 CK?

Our students have a 5-yr average score of 239 for Step 2 CK, just shy of the national average of 242.

How prepared are NEOMED student for residencies?

Based on the most recent survey (Class of 2018) of post-graduate medical education residency program directors surveyed about our graduates in their first year of residency training, residency directors noted that 99% of NEOMED College of Medicine first year residents had “similar” or “stronger” overall preparation for residency than other first year residents from other schools of medicine.

Glossary of Terms
Accredited, on Probation

According to the LCME policy document Rules of Procedure, “The LCME may grant accreditation with probation if in its summative judgment the accredited medical education program is not in substantial compliance with the LCME’s published standards. Such a determination may be based on the LCME’s judgment that the areas of serious noncompliance have compromised the quality of the medical education program, or that the program has failed to make satisfactory progress in achieving compliance after having been granted ample opportunity to do so. Programs placed on probation retain their accredited status with all of the rights and privileges conveyed by such status…”

Accredited, on Warning of Probation

According to the LCME policy document Rules of Procedure, “The LCME may grant accreditation with warning if it has identified either (a) one or more areas of noncompliance with standards that are of recent origin and will, if not corrected within 1-2 years, compromise the ability of the medical school to conduct the medical education program, or (b) one or more areas of noncompliance identified in a previous survey that, after having been corrected, have re-emerged as areas of non-compliance.”

Accredited, Full Status

The medical education program offered by the medical school has demonstrated substantial compliance with all LCME accreditation standards and retains its accreditation status for an eight-year term.

Action Plan

An action plan is required whenever the LCME places a medical school on probation or warning of probation. The action plan describes the steps to be taken and expected outcomes with regard to each accreditation issue identified by the LCME. The action plan is reviewed by LCME staff to provide feedback on the clarity, feasibility, and timeliness of proposed action steps, and to ensure that the school understands the intent of the associated accreditation standards and elements that need to be addressed.


A medical school whose M.D. program has been placed on probation has the right to request reconsideration of the LCME decision to place the school on probation. Reconsideration includes a nonbinding review of the probation decision by an independent review committee, and an opportunity for the school to make its case at a hearing conducted by the LCME. When the LCME places a program on probation, the decision is not final until the school either accepts the decision and waives its right to request reconsideration or undergoes the reconsideration process and the LCME decides to sustain its original decision.

A medical school which has been denied accreditation, or had its accreditation withdrawn, may appeal the decision. In this case, the appeal is conducted by an independent appeals panel, which has the authority to reverse the decision, sustain the decision, or remand the matter back to the LCME for further consideration. If the panel reverses or sustains the decision, the appeals panel decision is final.


The Liaison Committee on Medical Education is the organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the reliable authority for the accreditation of medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in the United States. Students who are enrolled in LCME-accredited M.D. programs are eligible to take the various steps in the USMLE licensure exam sequence, to apply for residency programs through the AAMC ERAS program, and to participate in the National Resident Matching Program. Graduates of LCME-accredited programs are eligible for medical licensure in all states and territories within the U.S. political jurisdiction.

Limited Focused Site Visit

An on-site evaluation of the college, conducted by an ad hoc survey team, to evaluate the college’s progress in achieving satisfactory performance on each of the elements previously identified as being unsatisfactory or satisfactory with monitoring. Prior to the limited survey, the college documents its progress in achieving satisfactory performance in a briefing book prepared for the survey team; there is no self-study process associated with a limited, focused survey.


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