The College of Medicine’s program leading to the M.D. degree has been accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) since 1960. The LCME, jointly sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association, is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an accrediting agency for medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree. The LCME voted to continue the College of Medicine’s M.D. program accreditation in 2011. Accreditation is granted for an eight- year period and the program will undergo review for accreditation again in the 2018-2019 academic year.