World Directory of Medical Schools

World Directory of Medical Schools

The World Directory of Medical Schools (WDOMS) is a free, searchable directory of the world’s undergraduate (basic) medical education programmes.

It contains information for over 3,700 schools, both operational and historical. Each record highlights available school details including start year, school type, operational status, programme details and contact information.

The World Directory brings together the information previously contained in the WHO World Directory, the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) and Avicenna directories. Since its inception in 2014, there have been over 400 medical schools added to the directory.

A listing in the World Directory confirms that the medical school exists, but it does not denote recognition, accreditation, or endorsement by the World Directory, WFME, FAIMER or any of the sponsoring organisations unless expressly stated.


The World Directory is freely available on the website. For organisations wishing access to the database, there is an annual subscription fee for access to the downloadable database. All downloaded information is publicly available and searchable. Data files are available for download in CSV or XML format.

Inclusion in the World Directory

The Directory lists all medical schools providing a complete or full programme of instruction leading to a basic medical qualification, one that permits the holder to obtain a license to practice as a medical doctor.

Before an eligible medical school can be included in this directory, the World Directory team must confirm the school’s operational status and recognition from an appropriate government agency or ministry.

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Managing organisations



World Directory of Medical Schools Sponsor - Danish Health Authority logo
World Directory of Medical Schools Sponsor - Medical Council of Canada logo
World Directory of Medical Schools Sponsor - KIMEE logo
World Directory of Medical Schools Sponsor - AMC logo


Countries with the most operational medical schools

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Number of operational medical schools worldwide

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