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The Role of Accreditation in Enhancing Quality and Innovation in the Education of Health Professionals

45mn

In partnership with the Foundation of Advancement in Medical Education and Research.

The purpose of accreditation systems is to enhance the quality of medical education and training and ensure that graduates are ready to begin postgraduate training or practice effectively as physicians. The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) is the certifying body for international medical graduates (IMGs) who wish to enter postgraduate training positions in the United States. Beginning in 2024, ECFMG will require that applicants graduate from a medical school that has been appropriately accredited. To satisfy this requirement, medical schools must be accredited by an agency that has been recognized by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME).
In this session we will provide a summary of medical education accreditation activities around the world and describe the status of ECFMG’s 2024 accreditation requirement. A brief review of research conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of accreditation will also be given.