Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Interim Accreditation Review Process

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The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) has developed a novel Interim Accreditation Review Process (IRP) that assists schools in maintaining compliance with Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)/Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) accreditation standards and creating a culture of continuous quality improvement. After three years’ experience in implementing the process in six Canadian faculties of medicine, AFMC is now making the resources necessary to conduct an Interim Accreditation Survey publicly available. Checklists for each accreditation standard have been developed and are updated annually to facilitate the understanding what is needed to achieve compliance. The Interim Accreditation Review Process is briefly described on the website and in greater detail in the AFMC Interim Accreditation Guide that is also available on the website. The AFMC Interim Accreditation Guide and the AFMC Accreditation Checklists may be reproduced for the non-commercial purpose of scientific or educational advancement, with citation and author attribution.

John Norcini Speaks at Accreditation Workshop in Taiwan

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FAIMER President and CEO John J. Norcini, Ph.D., was an invited speaker, along with members of the Liason Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Secretariat, at a workshop on accreditation conducted at the International Conference on Medical Education and Accreditation, July 27–28, 2009, in Taiwan. The invitation was extended by Chi-Wan Lai, M.D., Executive Secretary, Medical Education Committee, Ministry of Education in Taiwan, and CEO, Taiwan Medical Accreditation Council (TMAC). TMAC was created in July 1999 to improve the quality of medical education in Taiwan. The workshop was organized to share information about how medical education accreditation systems function in Taiwan, the United States, and other countries, and to help TMAC with future planning. Dr. Norcini spoke on accreditation from the global perspective, as well as on how the medical education systems in different countries handle repatriated foreign medical graduates.