The World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) Recognition Program for Accrediting Agencies: Purpose, processes, and criteria

Date:                    Sunday 25th August

Half Day:              0930-1230

Level:                    Introductory/Intermediate


  1. David Gordon, World Federation for Medical Education (WFME), France
  2. John J. Norcini, Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), USA
  3. Marta van Zanten, Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), USA

Summary of theme and why it is important:  While the purposes of accreditation of basic medical education are to evaluate and ensure the quality of medical education programmes and encourage improvement, accreditation practices vary considerably worldwide. Consequently, the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) has developed and implemented a global programme aimed at recognising agencies that accredit medical schools at an international standard.  This workshop will provide an overview of the WFME recognition programme and an in-depth understanding of its purpose, processes, and criteria. 
The workshop will include presentations on the WFME Recognition Programme, followed by group activities aimed at increasing participants’ overall understanding of the programme, including potential strategies for setting up an accreditation system and enhancing current systems to better comply with WFME criteria.  Associated challenges and how an agency can move towards fulfilment of the elements will also be addressed.  The workshop will conclude with a discussion of the important themes that have emerged.  

Who should participate in this Pre-Conference Workshop?  Anyone with an interest in the accreditation of basic medical education is invited to participate.   Individuals involved with accreditation agencies or regulatory organisations are especially encouraged to attend.

What will they gain from participating?  At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will have gained an in-depth understanding of the WFME Recognition Programme, the process of recognition, and the specific criteria used in evaluating accrediting agencies.  This information will be useful for individuals to help ensure that medical education, and specifically the accreditation of medical programmes, in their home settings is operating at a global level.

Cost: Euros 90 (includes coffee)

PLEASE NOTE: Pre-conference Workshop participants must also register for AMEE 2019 and pay the conference fee.


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