The World Federation for Medical Education is delighted to report that Ricardo León–Bórquez has been elected as the next President of WFME. He will take office in January 2023, for an initial four-year term.
Professor León has been President of the Pan-American Federation of Associations of Medical Schools (PAFAMS) since 2017 and a member of the WFME Executive Council since 2016. He is Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara (UAG) in México. He studied medicine at UAG, completed a Masters in Sciences in Physiology at UAG and the University of Oklahoma (1987). He also has a Master in Science Administration from University of Central Michigan (1994). He has held a number of positions at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, including being Vice-President of Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine from 2000 to 2007.
He held several positions in the Mexican Association of Schools and Faculties of Medicine (AMFEM) including being President of AMFEM from 2015 to 2017.
In his presidency, Professor León-Bórquez aims to focus on further developing current major projects (WFME Standards, WFME Recognition of Accreditation Programme and the World Directory of Medical Schools, which is jointly managed with FAIMER), and equally to embrace the position of WFME as a consensus-building organisation that favours collaboration and mutual support to improve the quality of medical education world-wide.