Aquifer helps you meet many Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Standards, particularly those related to ensuring equivalent educational experiences across teaching sites, providing deliberate practice in clinical reasoning and providing feedback on student performance. Our consortium members work with schools through personalized consultations to assist in identifying how Aquifer can help meet accreditation standards.

View LCME Accreditation Standards 2018-19


LCME 6.2 Required Clinical Experiences and 8.6  Monitoring of Completion of Required Clinical Experiences

6.2: “The faculty of a medical school define the types of patients and clinical conditions that medical students are required to encounter, the skills to be performed by medical students, the appropriate clinical settings for these experiences, and the expected levels of medical student responsibility.”

8.6: “A medical school has in place a system with central oversight that monitors and ensures completion by all medical students of required clinical experiences in the medical education program and remedies any identified gaps.”

LCME 5.5 Resources for Clinical Instruction

“A medical school has, or is assured the use of, appropriate resources for the clinical instruction of its medical students in ambulatory and inpatient settings and has adequate numbers and types of patients (e.g., acuity, case mix, age, gender).”

LCME 8.7 Comparability of Education/Assessment

“A medical school ensures that the medical curriculum includes comparable educational experiences and equivalent methods of assessment across all locations within a given course and clerkship to ensure that all medical students achieve the same medical education program objectives.”

LCME 7.2 Organ Systems/Life Cycle/Primary Care/(Prevention/Wellness/Symptoms/Signs/Differential Diagnosis, Treatment Planning, Impact of Behavioral and Social Factors

“The faculty of a medical school ensure that the medical curriculum includes content and clinical experiences related to each organ system; each phase of the human life cycle; continuity of care; and preventive, acute, chronic, rehabilitative, end-of-life, and primary care in order to prepare students to:

  • Recognize wellness, determinants of health, and opportunities for health promotion and disease prevention
  • Recognize and interpret symptoms and signs of disease
  • Develop differential diagnoses and treatment plans
  • Recognize the potential health-related impact on patients of behavioral and socioeconomic factors
  • Assist patients in addressing health-related issues involving all organ systems.”

LCME 7.4 Critical Judgment/Problem-Solving Skills

The faculty of a medical school ensure that the medical curriculum incorporates the fundamental principles of medicine, provides opportunities for medical students to acquire skills of critical judgment based on evidence and experience, and develops medical students’ ability to use those principles and skills effectively in solving problems of health and disease.

9.8 Fair and Timely Summative Assessment

“A medical school has in place a system of fair and timely summative assessment of medical student achievement in each course and clerkship of the medical education program. Final grades are available within six weeks of the end of a course or clerkship.”