The aim of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) is to enhance the quality of medical education worldwide.
WFME works with doctors, educators and universities worldwide through its six member regional associations of medical education, which form the WFME Executive Council. WFME was established in 1972 by the World Medical Association (WMA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), which are the additional voting members on the WFME Executive Council, along with the International Federation of Medical Student Associations (IFMSA) and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
WFME works to support healthcare for all through promoting high quality in medical education for the estimated current physician workforce of 9.8 million (WHO, 2015) and prospective students and trainees. There are more than 2,800 operational listings in the World Directory of Medical Schools, and WFME is concerned that the quality of medical education and training provided therein should be to the highest standard. We have a duty to our physician workforce who invest their time, to the public institutions who fund or subsidise their training, and to the patients who medical graduates go on to treat, to ensure that the quality of medical education is of the highest quality.
Our current priorities include the promotion of accreditation through the WFME Recognition Programme, raising the standards for basic and postgraduate medical education and continuing professional development through the publication of expert consensus of minimum and quality standards, and maintaining the World Directory of Medical Schools.
WFME is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation, registered as a charity under English and Welsh law, and with small offices in London, France (near Geneva) and Denmark. It is the organisation in official relation with the World Health Organisation (WHO) representing medical education, and the education and training of medical doctors worldwide.