In 2015, WFME published an updated second edition of the WFME Global Standards for Quality Improvement: Basic Medical Education. These are a global medical education expert consensus on the best practice minimum requirements (basic standards) and standards for quality improvement. The standards comprise altogether 106 basic standards, 90 quality development standards and 127 annotations.
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 recommends the use of these standards for institutions responsible for medical education:
- As a framework for curriculum development, modified or supplemented in accordance with regional, national and institutional needs and priorities
- To formulate individual plans for change for quality improvement
- To establish a system of evaluation, accreditation and/or recognition to assure minimum quality standards for programmes
- To safeguard practice in medicine and for a globally mobile medical workforce
The standards are organised into nine universal themes: mission and outcomes; educational programme; assessment of students; students; academic staff/faculty; educational resources; programme evaluation; governance and administration; and continuous renewal.