Letters to the Editor
In Reply to Levy: Dr. Levy asks an important question: Can doctors of podiatric medicine (DPMs) become licensed physicians? And he makes clear at the end of his letter that such a change would depend on whether podiatric medical schools could meet the accreditation standards of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
Over the last five years, the LCME has received at least 50 inquiries from organizations that want to know how to create a new medical school, or to develop a medical school from an existing branch campus, and have the new school achieve LCME accreditation. As of this writing (June 2013), the LCME Web site shows that 18 of these requests have moved forward and are in various stages of consideration. The LCME welcomes inquiries of this kind. A developing medical school will achieve accreditation as an MD-granting medical school when it demonstrates that it satisfactorily meet LCME standards.
Dan Hunt, MD, MBA
Co-secretary, LCME, and senior director for accreditation services, Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, DC; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barbara Barzansky, PhD
Co-secretary, LCME, and director, Division of Undergraduate Medical Education, American Medical Association, Chicago, Illinois.