Liaison Committee on Medical Education

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The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is an accrediting body for educational programs at schools of medicine
Medicine
Medicine is the science and art of healing. It encompasses a variety of health care practices evolved to maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness....

 in the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 and Canada
Canada
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

. The LCME accredits only the schools that grant a doctor of medicine (M.D.)
Doctor of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine is a doctoral degree for physicians. The degree is granted by medical schools...

 degree; osteopathic medical schools are accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation
Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation
The American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation accredits schools granting the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in the United States. The US Department of Education lists the Commission as a recognized accreditor.-External links:*...

 of the American Osteopathic Association
American Osteopathic Association
The American Osteopathic Association is the representative member organization for the over 78,000 osteopathic medical physicians in the United States...

. The LCME is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges
Association of American Medical Colleges
The Association of American Medical Colleges is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC and established in 1876. It administers the Medical College Admission Test...

 and the American Medical Association
American Medical Association
The American Medical Association , founded in 1847 and incorporated in 1897, is the largest association of medical doctors and medical students in the United States.-Scope and operations:...

. It publishes many guides and standards, including the Directory of Accredited Medical Education Programs. The LCME currently accredits 134 U.S. schools, which includes 4 in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico , officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico , is an unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of both the United States Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.Puerto Rico comprises an...

, as well as 17 others in Canada.

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