For schools with visits in – 2023-2024

Rules of Procedure

The Rules of Procedure govern the implementation of the CACMS accreditation process. Their purpose is to articulate the procedures used in the process of accreditation of MD-granting medical education programs so as to provide information to the public and to promote transparency and consistency in CACMS actions.

Standards and Elements

The Committee on the Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) Standards and Elements provides the basis by which the quality of Canadian medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree will be judged in the peer-review process of accreditation.

Standard and Element Titles

For ease of reference, short titles are provided for each standard and element. Each title is mapped to the equivalent standard in the previous alpha-numeric version.


This lexicon is a table of terms used in the Standards and Elements document and is essential for accurate interpretation of the standards and elements.

Guide for the Conduct of CACMS Accreditation Visits

The purpose of this document is to provide site visit teams and medical schools with a summary of the steps in preparing for and conducting a CACMS site visit. Sections of the document provide this information from a variety of perspectives (e.g., the site visit team in general, specific team member roles, the medical school), so the reader should select the sections that are most relevant.

Guide to the Independent Student Analysis (ISA)

Students play a very prominent role in the accreditation process. This guide provides details about the accreditation process and how students can contribute to it. It also includes the questionnaire that forms the basis for the Independent Student Analysis.