The Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®) and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) have announced a collaboration to develop a combined directory of the world’s medical schools. According to an agreement signed in March 2012, the organizations will merge their respective directories—FAIMER’s International Medical Education Directory (IMED) and WFME’s Avicenna Directory—to produce a single comprehensive resource on undergraduate medical education worldwide. The new resource, developed in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the University of Copenhagen, will be known as the World Directory of Medical Schools.
The world’s medical schools number more than 2,500. Collecting and maintaining data on these schools is a large and complex endeavor. The merger of IMED and the Avicenna Directory will combine FAIMER’s and WFME’s existing data sets and streamline their data collection efforts. The new World Directory will include all schools listed in either IMED or the Avicenna Directory. The World Directory listing for schools that meet ECFMG eligibility requirements will be annotated as acceptable for ECFMG Certification.
The new World Directory will offer enhanced information in areas such as enrollment, curricula, and accreditation. The availability of current, high-quality information on undergraduate medical education in the form of a centralized resource will advance research on the quality of medical education and efforts to improve medical education, with the ultimate goal of improving public health.
The World Directory is expected to become available in 2013. During the transition to the World Directory, IMED and the Avicenna Directory will remain open, to ensure that users of these directories have continuity of the essential service that they provide. IMED and Avicenna will close when the World Directory of Medical Schools is fully operational. Updates on the transition to the World Directory will be posted to the FAIMER and ECFMG websites, as they become available.