The WFME standards are a global expert consensus on the standards for medical schools and other providers of medical education throughout the continuum of medical education and training: Basic Medical Education, Post Graduate Medical Education, and Continuing Professional Development. The standards are divided into basic standards (minimum requirements) and quality improvement standards, accompanied by annotations and definitions.
Standards are not a universal core curriculum, and they do not define the detail of the content of education. Diversity of educational programmes must be fostered, to account for different educational, social, economic and cultural conditions, different patterns of disease, and to support social responsibility. The standards provide a template for medical schools and other providers of medical education, and the agencies which accredit them to define institutional, national and regional standards, and to act as a lever for quality improvement. Not all of the WFME standards will be relevant in every setting.
WFME Trilogy of Standards: Areas
In 2011, WFME estimated that the global standards had been used by around half of medical schools worldwide. The standards are endorsed by the World Health Organisation (see 2013 policy briefing on accreditation), the World Medical Association (2004 resolution) and IAMRA (see 2016 statement on accreditation).
Intended audience: health authorities, medical associations, medical schools and national and international institutions and organisations dealing with basic medical education in all countries.