The work of WFME is supported by around 30 senior advisers from across the world, with wide experience in medical education, both as clinical educators and in senior leadership positions within universities and regulatory organisations. These advisers offer their time to WFME to contribute to the common goal of enhancing the quality of medical education worldwide.
WFME publishes its guidance, best practice and directories free of charge for the benefit of educators, medical schools, accrediting agencies and governments. However there may be occasions when an organisation seeks tailored advice and guidance, for example relating to
- accreditation, including accreditation processes outlined in the WFME Recognition Criteria (but not the Recognition Programme itself)
- principles around establishing a new medical school, for example areas described by the WFME Criteria for a new medical school
- interpreting WFME standards in a local context
Advisers are selected according to the appropriate skills and experience. Advisory visits are paid for by the organisation requesting advice. Note that WFME cannot provide legal advice.
In addition to dialogue during the visit, the adviser(s) produce a written report within 60 days of the visit. Advice may be given beyond the original request, if the adviser(s) deem it relevant and helpful. The organisation is under no obligation to act upon the advice given by WFME advisers.
WFME has recently conducted advisory visits to the Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran (October 2016) and to the National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement, Georgia (July 2017).