Intealth brings together the expertise and resources that advance quality in health care education worldwide in order to improve health care for all. Through strategic integration of its nonprofit members, Intealth offers a flexible and multi‐layered portfolio of services. These services enhance and support the education and training of health care professionals, verify their qualifications required to practice, and inform the development of health workforce policies around the world.
ECFMG and FAIMER created Intealth in 2021. This new, overarching identity reflects an integrated approach to operations and the enhanced potential this integration offers to support the health professions worldwide.
This new identity marks the success of a multi-year business transformation effort—a strategic process to ensure our continued growth and ability to meet the needs of physicians and other health professionals, the medical education and regulatory communities, researchers and policy makers, and the public.
Intealth is a new identity, not a new company. As members of Intealth, ECFMG and FAIMER remain separate 501(c)3 nonprofit corporations. They and their portfolios of programs and services will continue to thrive and grow under the Intealth umbrella.
This change creates an integrated and meaningful structure to support our continued growth and diversification.
William W. Pinsky, MD, FAAP, FACC
Intealth unites ECFMG and FAIMER under a common vision, to be the trusted global authority on health care education. The nonprofit missions of ECFMG and FAIMER are aligned, creating a powerful synergy for maximum impact.
By leveraging the combined competencies of its members, Intealth powers innovation in areas critical to the health professions.
ECFMG Certification assures the readiness of international medical graduates (IMGs) to enter graduate medical education (GME) in the United States, where IMGs comprise 25% of the physician workforce and are essential to accessible, high-quality health care. When the USMLE® program suspended its Step 2 Clinical Skills exam in early 2020, subject matter experts at ECFMG and FAIMER combined their efforts to develop the Pathways—a robust and innovative solution for continuing to assure that IMGs entering the U.S. health care system have appropriate clinical and communication skills. Now in their third year, the Pathways ensure that ECFMG’s program of certification continues to perform its vital functions and its service to the U.S. public and the GME community.
Announced in 2010, ECFMG’s Medical School Accreditation initiative is designed to stimulate international accreditation efforts and to enhance the quality of medical education worldwide. In the decade since, ECFMG and FAIMER experts have collaborated to support the development and implementation of global standards for evaluating undergraduate medical education. The success of this initiative to date is providing greater assurance to both medical students and the public that physicians will be appropriately trained. As members of Intealth, ECFMG and FAIMER are well-positioned to pursue such initiatives and a common vision to be the trusted global authority on health care education.
ECFMG|FAIMER Pathways: Providing Continuity and Assurance in a Time of Disruption , AHME News, October 2021
Advancing the Quality of Medical Education Worldwide , Journal of Medical Regulation, December 2019
Study Links Performance on USMLE Exams to Medical School Accreditation Status, BMC Medical Education, January 2022
Intealth and its members, ECFMG and FAIMER, comprise a vibrant and growing resource for stakeholders worldwide. We look forward to enhancing our current offerings and engaging in new opportunities to advance the global health workforce.
We are now stronger than the sum of our parts and able to work more effectively.
Jeanette Mladenovic, MD, MBA, MACP
Intealth and its members embrace collaboration around the world to advance health professions education. To learn more, please contact Intealth CEO William W. Pinsky, MD.
[Last update: February 28, 2022]