In statements to the World Health Organization Europe 67th session, the World Federation for Medical Education has called for sustainable development of the workforce which integrates quality alongside quantity, encouraging countries to develop quality accreditation mechanisms, and to set standards for education in reference to the WFME Standards. [Read more…] about WFME statements to WHO Europe urge quality in scaling up the healthcare workforce
In September, the President of SEARAME, Professor Rita Sood, took part in the WHO South East Asia Regional Committee 70th Session in the Maldives as the representative of WFME.
At the session about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and progress towards universal health coverage concerning the strengthening of primary health care services and health workforce, Professor Sood presented a statement citing WFME’s endorsement of the WHO agenda to strengthen health workforce, and the commitment to contribute in any way possible.
The World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) is pleased to announce the launch of its new website and updated logo. We record our thanks to THS for the design of both.
The new website offers increased functionality, such as the publication search and the map of accrediting agencies. It also designed to guide website visitors to the right pages more quickly. [Read more…] about New website and logo
The Japan Accreditation Council for Medical Education (JACME) is the seventh accrediting agency to be awarded Recognition Status by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME). WFME is satisfied that the accreditation process, post-accreditation monitoring and decision-making by JACME when it accredits medical schools and faculties is to an appropriate and rigorous standard. WFME Recognition Status has been awarded for ten years with immediate effect. [Read more…] about Japan Accreditation Council for Medical Education (JACME) awarded Recognition Status
WFME Head of Office, Siobhan Fitzpatrick, joined the WHO Expert Consultation on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) at the World Health Organization (WHO) Headquarters in Geneva. Around thirty experts in AMR from across the six WHO regions and the range of health professional groups, contributed their advice and learning to develop a standardised approach to pre-service and in-service health workforce education and training needs, and possible dissemination tools.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the ability of a microorganism (like bacteria, viruses, and some parasites) to stop an antimicrobial (such as antibiotics, antivirals and antimalarials) from working against it. As a result, standard treatments become ineffective, infections persist and may spread to others. AMR is a major global health concern. The first objective of the WHO global action plan on antimicrobial resistance control (GAP AMR) aims to improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance through effective communication, education and training. This is part of meeting the global strategy on Human Resources for health: Workforce 2030.
WFME President, Professor David Gordon, presented to a conference of more than 100 attendees from medical schools in the Caribbean community. His presentation focused on global medical education initiatives and the WFME Recognition Programme for Accreditation Agencies, including the role of accreditation in ensuring good quality medical education, and in turn the benefits to patient health. [Read more…] about Capacity Building Workshop on accreditation in the Caribbean (20-23 March 2017, Barbados)
An article by WFME and FAIMER in the QAzette of the European Consortium for Accreditation outlines how the World Directory of Medical Schools can be used to search for medical school records, and the difference between the free public search function and the paid-for subscription.
WFME joins ten other global healthcare organisations as a signatory on the International Committee of the Red Cross to speak out in support of the Health Care in Danger initiative. The statement forcefully renews a collective call for wounded and sick people's right to health care during armed conflict to be respected and protected, and for attacks on health personnel and facilities to stop.
The WFME Recognition Committee has reviewed the policies and processes of the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM), and awards Recognition Status until December 2026. WFME Recognition Status confers the understanding that the quality of medical education in its accredited schools is to an appropriate and rigorous standard.