Health Care Discipline

Accreditation Institutions

Requirements Related to Family Violence


Medical Schools

Liaison Commission on Medical Education (LCME)


“The curriculum should prepare students for their role in addressing the medical consequences of common societal problems, for example, providing instructions in the diagnosis, prevention, appropriate reporting and treatment of violence and abuse.” Standards can be found on the LCME web site at


Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)


The institutional requirements of the ACGME are very practical in nature and do not outline any single curriculum requirements including any dealing with family violence.

American Osteopathic Healthcare Association (AOHA)


Institutions are required to include within the spectrum of “Emergency Procedures” some instruction regarding “abuse and neglect” of children. While these standards are not a requirement onto themselves, they do seem to be somewhat quantifiable.

Physician Residencies

Residency Review Committees (RRC) of the ACGME


The residency review committees of the ACGME, which accredit programs rather than institutions, do have provisions for family violence in certain fields. Though the genetics area does not mention family violence, the areas of family practice and obstetrics indicate how to identify signs of family violence and the steps to take.

Dental Schools

American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADA)


There is no specific mention of family violence in the accreditation commission’s standards. Such training is believed to fall under the purview of a provision for “ethical reasoning” and “professional responsibility.”

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