Accreditation is a rigorous, peer-review process that evaluates a program using a number of standardized criteria. It is essential that a medical education program be accredited to license its graduates as doctors.
The Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) working with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredit Canadian undergraduate medical education programs. On behalf of both accrediting bodies, CACMS establishes accreditation standards and sends a survey team to complete an onsite visit of each medical program at least once every eight years. The role of the survey team is to evaluate the program’s compliance with standards and elements, using information presented in the school’s documentation and during interviews. The survey team prepares a formal survey report of its findings to help the CACMS, make a determination about the accreditation status of the educational program. Based on the accreditation outcome, a program may be asked to submit progress reports or may be subject to a follow-up visit.
The CACMS maintains a public list of all accredited Canadian undergraduate medical education programs.