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WFME Accreditation: A Guide for International Medical Graduates

I’ll discuss the World Federation of Medical Education (WFME) and its impact on your medical education and career, especially as you consider moving to the U.S.A.

What is the WFME?

The World Federation of Medical Education (WFME) is an international organization committed to enhancing the quality and ethical standards of medical education globally.

What is WFME's role in accreditation?

WFME accredits national organizations that oversee medical schools, rather than accrediting the schools directly. This two-step accreditation process ensures that medical schools meet international standards through their respective national organizations.

Why is WFME accreditation important?

WFME’s role is crucial as it ensures that medical education worldwide adheres to globally recognized standards. This is particularly significant as the U.S. starts requiring WFME accreditation for all new international medical graduates from 2024.

How does WFME accreditation affect international medical graduates?

Starting later this year, the U.S. will phase in a requirement for IMGs to graduate from WFME-accredited schools. If your country is already WFME accredited, you’re in the clear. If not, you’ll initially follow the older accreditation process until a full transition to WFME accreditation is completed.

What if my country is not yet WFME accredited?

It’s crucial for countries not yet accredited by WFME to meet these standards soon. Graduates from non-accredited countries may face barriers in the future, particularly in the U.S.

How can i check my school's WFME accreditation status?

You can check the WFME accreditation status of your medical school through the link here

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WFME accreditation is becoming increasingly important for international medical graduates planning to work in the U.S. Ensuring your medical school meets these global standards is essential for your future career and the quality of care you will provide as a doctor.

Dr. Rajeev Iyer MBBS, MD, MS, FASA
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, USA

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not reflect the opinions of the University of Pennsylvania, WFME, ECFMG, or any other entity

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