Directory of Organizations that Recognize/Accredit Medical Schools (DORA) Is Updated to Reflect WFME Recognition

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FAIMER’s Directory of Organizations that Recognize/Accredit Medical Schools (DORA) is an online resource that provides information on the organizations typically responsible for establishing national standards for medical education and accrediting medical schools in their countries. The directory currently lists accreditation authorities in more than 100 countries, and includes details on duration and levels of accreditation, evaluation standards and processes, and links to specific regulatory agencies. DORA has been recently updated to reflect recognition by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) Programme for Recognition of Accreditation Agencies. This recognition by WFME does not imply that all medical schools operating in this country are currently accredited by the agency. Users should refer to the accrediting agency directly for information regarding the accreditation status of specific medical schools.

The WFME recognition program was designed to provide a transparent and rigorous method of ensuring that the accreditation of medical schools is held to a high, internationally accepted standard. Since the program’s inception, seven agencies have successfully undergone the process and been recognized by WFME, and approximately 20 applications from other agencies are currently in progress. For more information on the WFME recognition program, click here.

WFME and FAIMER Staff Publish Article about the World Directory of Medical Schools

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An article about the World Directory of Medical Schools, coauthored by FAIMER Research Assistant Sarah Williams Leng and Barbora Hrabalová of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME), was recently published on the European Consortium for Accreditation’s (ECA) online QAzette. To access the article, click here.

The World Directory of Medical Schools (World Directory) was launched in April 2014 by WFME and FAIMER, as the result of a March 2012 agreement to merge the organizations’ respective directories—FAIMER’s International Medical Education Directory (IMED) and WFME’s Avicenna Directory—to produce a single comprehensive resource on undergraduate medical education worldwide.

The World Directory is freely available at www.wdoms.org. Those interested can search for medical schools listed in the directory. In June 2016, WFME and FAIMER announced the launch of the World Directory Subscription Service. This service allows regulatory authorities, researchers, and other interested subscribers access to download a wealth of information from the World Directory for an annual fee. Available information includes medical schools’ years of operation, academic affiliations, and curriculum details. Data files are available for download in CSV or XML format and are updated daily.

Questions and new listing requests may be sent to the World Directory staff at info@wdoms.org.

WFME to Host Symposium on Accreditation on June 14, 2016 in Cancún, Mexico

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The World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) has announced that it will host a symposium titled “Accreditation and the Recognition of Accreditation: Where Are We Now?” in conjunction with the PAFAMS-AMFEM conference Educación Médica en las Américas (Medical Education in the Americas) that will take place June 14-18, 2016, in Cancún, Mexico. The symposium will be held from 10:00 am to 12:45 pm on Tuesday, June 14, and will provide background information on the accreditation of medical education programs and the WFME program for recognition of accrediting agencies. The symposium is recommended for anyone interested in the accreditation of medical education, particularly organizations planning the establishment of an accrediting agency and accrediting agencies considering applying to WFME for recognition.

Additional details and registration information are available on the WFME website.

FAIMER and WFME Announce the Launch of the World Directory of Medical Schools

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FAIMER and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) are pleased to announce an important milestone in their collaboration to develop the World Directory of Medical Schools. The World Directory is now available at www.wdoms.org. This new resource, developed in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the University of Copenhagen, is the result of a March 2012 agreement to merge the organizations’ respective directories—FAIMER’s International Medical Education Directory (IMED) and WFME’s Avicenna Directory—to produce a single comprehensive resource on undergraduate medical education worldwide.

The merger of IMED and the Avicenna Directory has combined FAIMER and WFME’s existing data sets and streamlined their data collection efforts. The new World Directory offers enhanced information such as enrollment and curriculum data for schools that offer multiple medical programs or tracks. In the future, additional features, such as information about program recognition or accreditation, will be added to meet the needs of medical regulatory authorities, certifying bodies, and researchers. The availability of current, high-quality information on undergraduate medical education in the form of a centralized resource will advance research on the quality of medical education and efforts to improve medical education, with the ultimate goal of improving public health.

During the transition to the new World Directory of Medical Schools, IMED and the Avicenna Directory will remain open for a year, to ensure that medical regulatory authorities and other users of these directories have continuity of the essential service that they provide. The World Directory, however, will take over as the definitive list of medical schools in the world, and IMED and Avicenna will be discontinued in 2015.

For more information, please read the full press release.

FAIMER and WFME Meet in Copenhagen to Advance Plans for Launch of World Directory of Medical Schools

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Teams from FAIMER and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) met in Copenhagen in June 2013, together with sponsors and potential sponsors, to plan towards the launch of the World Directory of Medical Schools.

The target date for the World Directory to open is the start of 2014. The existing directories, Avicenna and IMED, will remain open for a year following the launch of the World Directory, to ensure that users of these directories have continuity of the essential service that they provide. The World Directory, however, will take over as the definitive list of medical schools in the world, and Avicenna and IMED will close once the World Directoryis fully operational.

Emmanuel G. Cassimatis, Chair of the FAIMER Board, and Stefan Lindgren, President of WFME, agreed:

“We are very pleased with progress towards the opening of the new World Directory of Medical Schools. Teams from WFME and FAIMER are working together very effectively, and it is particularly pleasing that partners from all over the world are supporting this important venture.”

Sponsors from Australia, Canada, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States are already committed to support the World Directory, and sponsors from Denmark, Saudi Arabia, and other countries are expected to join in the near future.

Joint Meeting on Health Professions Education Held in Coimbatore, India

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Health professions educators from around the world gathered in Coimbatore, India, September 5-8, 2012, to share ideas and experiences at the joint meeting of the World Federation for Medical Education’s (WFME) South East Asia Regional Association for Medical Education (SEARAME) and India’s National Conference on Health Professions Education (NCHPE). The theme of the meeting was “Social Accountability: Responding to Societal Needs through Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Health Professions Education.” Conference objectives were to:

  • Apply principles of social accountability to the Southeast Asian context
  • Identify and bridge gaps between current health sciences education systems and health care needs of society in the region
  • Create consensus on the missions and strategies of health sciences schools related to improving the health of society in Southeast Asia
  • Identify evaluation tools for assessing impact of changes to the missions and strategies of health sciences schools toward improving the health of society
  • Link WFME standards addressing social accountability with regional standards for health sciences education

SEARAME NCHPE 2012 was sponsored by FAIMER and included notable contributions from FAIMER faculty and Fellows. FAIMER Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute William Burdick delivered a keynote address on the “Future of Health Professions Education.” FAIMER faculty member Anand Zachariah (PHIL 2001) delivered a keynote address on “Making Curricula Relevant to Health System Needs” and participated in a panel discussion on “How Medical Schools Can Contribute to Retaining Health Professionals in Rural, Remote, and Underserved Areas in Southeast Asia.” FAIMER faculty member Ramalingam Sankaran (PHIL 2009) participated in a panel discussion on “How Do We Translate Social Accountability into Action in Southeast Asia?”

Workshops conducted by FAIMER faculty and Fellows (both in bold type) included:

Assessment for Learning
Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003, IFME 2006), Dinesh Badyal (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009), Hemangini Shah (GSMC 2008)

Community-based Teaching for Primary Health Care
Thomas V. Chacko (PHIL 2004, IFME 2006), Saira Banu (PSG 2007), Ranjana Sahasrabude (PSG 2009)

Curriculum Implementation Support Program (CISP) for MCI’s Basic Course Trainers
Avinash Supe (PHIL 2002, IFME 2007), Payal Bansal (PHIL 2007, IFME 2010), Anshu (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009)

Early Clinical Exposure (ECE): Bringing Social Relevance and Context to Basic Science Teaching
Rashmi Vyas (PHIL 2003, IFME 2005), Sucheta Dandekar (PHIL 2010), Praveen Singh (CMCL 2008)

Leader as a Coach—for Curriculum Change
Elango Sambandam (PHIL 2010), William Burdick, Henal Shah (GSMC 2006, IFME 2010)

Measuring Change towards Social Accountability in Your Institution
A-J Neusy, Rita Sood (PHIL 2005), Robert Woollard, Shafik Dharamsi

Moving towards Social Accountability: Facilitating Change in Your Institution
Robert Woollard, Shafik Dharamsi, Rita Sood (PHIL 2005), A-J Neusy

On-line Learning: Using Moodle to Supplement Teaching-Learning
Supten Sarbadhikari (PSG 2007), Sanjay Bedi (CMCL 2007), Indika Karunatilake

Problem-based Learning in the South-East Asian Context
P. T. Jayawickramarajah, Medha Joshi

Qualitative Methods for Community Needs Assessment (Towards Social Accountability)
Amol Dongre (PSG 2008), P.R. Deshmukh, Kalaiselvan Ganapathy (PSG 2011)

Teaching Communication Skills: Breaking Bad News
J.P. Agrawal, Payal Bansal (PHIL 2007, IFME 2010)

Validating of Assessment Tools (OSCE/OSPE) Used in Competency-based Education
Shital Bhandary (PSG 2008), Satish Raj Ghimire, Katrina Butterworth

SEARAME NCHPE 2012 focused on working toward real and lasting improvements in health professions education for the Southeast Asia region and for India in particular. Among the many positive outcomes is a set of Conference Recommendations developed by participants and delivered to health professions colleges and appropriate government agencies throughout Southeast Asia. For more information on the conference, please visit the SEARAME NCHPE 2012 website.

FAIMER and WFME to Collaborate on Combined Medical School Directory

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FAIMER and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) are pleased to announce their collaboration to develop a directory of the world’s medical schools. According to an agreement signed in March 2012, the organizations will merge their respective directories—FAIMER’s International Medical Education Directory (IMED) and WFME’s Avicenna Directory—to produce a single comprehensive resource on undergraduate medical education worldwide. The new resource, developed in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the University of Copenhagen, will be known as the World Directory of Medical Schools.

The new World Directory will offer enhanced information in areas such as enrollment, curricula, and accreditation. The availability of current, high-quality information on undergraduate medical education in the form of a centralized resource will advance research on the quality of medical education and efforts to improve medical education, with the ultimate goal of improving public health.

During the transition to the new World Directory of Medical Schools, IMED and the Avicenna Directory will remain open, to ensure that users of these directories have continuity of the essential service that they provide. IMED and Avicenna will close when the World Directory of Medical Schools is fully operational.

For more information, please read the full press release.

FAIMER Featured in London International Development Center’s New Report on What Works in Distance Learning for Health Professionals

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A new report from the London International Development Center (LIDC), “Distance Learning for Health: What Works,” presents findings from a global review of distance learning programs for medical professionals in low- and middle-income countries. The report, authored by Chris Joynes, was launched at the LIDC-3ie seminar “What works in international development? Internet-based medical education: findings and lessons from a realist review.” Both the FAIMER fellowship programs and The Open University-FAIMER-WFME Distance Learning Modules in Medical Education are cited in the report as examples of effective educational models that incorporate distance learning. The FAIMER fellowship programs in particular are noted as having led to concrete changes in curricula and institutional policies at the home institutions of the FAIMER Fellows and beyond. More information on the report, as well as links to summaries and the report in its entirety can be found on the LIDC website.

New Series Announced in The Open University-FAIMER-WFME Distance Learning Modules in Medical Education

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The Open University-FAIMER-WFME Distance Learning Modules in Medical Education is pleased to offer a new series on the theme of “Educational Management and Leadership.” The first four modules in the series are open for registration:

Module Start Date
Leadership in Health Professions Education January 10, 2011
Understanding and Managing Self April 11, 2011
Understanding and Managing Others, Performance and Conflict July 11, 2011
Positive, Appreciative, Strengths-Based Leadership October 10, 2011
Leading and Managing Projects TBA
Managing Meetings and Group Decision-Making TBA
Team Building TBA
Managing and Leading Change TBA

Registration is also still open for modules in the first series on “Self-review and Accreditation:”

Module Start Date
Self-Review in Low-Resource Circumstances October 4, 2010
Implementing Improvements after Review January 10, 2011
Planning an External Review April 11, 2011
Purposes and Methods of Accreditation July 11, 2011
Non-Regulatory Approaches to Quality Assurance of Medical Education October 10, 2011

The cost of each module is US $85.00 and space is limited.

Modules in both series were developed by FAIMER in collaboration with The Open University Centre for Education in Medicine (OUCEM) in the United Kingdom and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME). Feedback from participants on completed modules has been extremely positive:

“Distance learning has been a great experience for me. I am really enjoying and learning new things daily. I will recommend it to all colleagues here…”

“I … eagerly wait to read the tutor’s comments. The past 10 weeks have been lovely.”

“I really enjoyed the experience and learned a lot. They would be definitely useful for the development of our institution…”

Each module takes approximately one hour per week for 10 weeks. Modules can be downloaded or used on-line. Participants are provided with materials and supporting documentation, as well as access to an on-line discussion forum. A learning advisor is assigned to each participant to stimulate and discuss progress. Participants are expected to complete two one-hour assignments (within the 10-hour allocation) for which they will receive marked feedback. At the end of each completed module, participants will receive a certificate which can be used as evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Visit The Open University-FAIMER-WFME Distance Learning Modules in Medical Education page to register or to learn more. If you have any questions, please e-mail inquiry@faimer.org.