ECFMG Medical School Accreditation Requirement Moved to 2024

ECFMG previously announced that, starting in 2023, applicants for ECFMG Certification will be required to be a student or graduate of a medical school that is appropriately accredited. More specifically, the medical school must be accredited by an agency recognized by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME). To date, 21 accrediting agencies have received WFME recognition, with many others in process. We are energized by the commitment to quality improvement demonstrated in response to this initiative.

At the same time, we recognize that many countries have been forced to suspend or limit their accreditation efforts due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As such, we are moving the implementation of the requirement to 2024. We will announce an effective date as we approach 2024; we will also continue to reassess this timeline as needed.

Further information regarding this change will be provided in the coming weeks on our website at www.ecfmg.org/accreditation.

2023 Accreditation Requirement Featured in Latest JMR Podcast

JMR PodcastThe latest Journal of Medical Regulation Podcast features Christine Shiffer and Dr. Jack Boulet of ECFMG|FAIMER speaking in depth about the 2023 Medical School Accreditation Requirement for ECFMG Certification and their recent article in the journal, titled “Advancing the Quality of Medical Education Worldwide: ECFMG’s 2023 Medical School Accreditation Requirement.” In the podcast, Shiffer and Dr. Boulet discuss with David Johnson, Chief Assessment Officer for the Federation of State Medical Boards, how the requirement came about and what it means for medical students, medical schools, and regulatory authorities worldwide.

Shiffer, Regulatory Affairs Manager, and Dr. Boulet, Vice President for Research and Data Resources, penned the article with ECFMG|FAIMER colleagues Lisa Cover, Senior Vice President for Business Development and Operations, and Dr. William W. Pinsky, President and CEO of ECFMG|FAIMER. The article provides an overview of the requirement’s history, rationale, progress, and future outlook.

For more about the requirement, please visit the 2023 Accreditation section of our website at www.ecfmg.org/accreditation. The section includes the requirement’s eligibility guidelines and implementation plan, as well as a one-page overview in 11 languages. Inquiries about the requirement can be sent to 2023@ecfmg.org.

Latest on 2023 Accreditation Requirement Published in Journal of Medical Regulation

JMR logoWant to know more about the 2023 Medical School Accreditation Requirement for ECFMG Certification, including how and why the requirement was developed, its current status, and what’s to come? The February 2020 issue of the Journal of Medical Regulation  features an article that answers these questions, titled, “Advancing the Quality of Medical Education Worldwide: ECFMG’s 2023 Medical School Accreditation Requirement.”

Christine Shiffer, Regulatory Affairs Manager for ECFMG|FAIMER, penned the article with colleagues Dr. Jack Boulet, Vice President for Research and Data Resources; Lisa Cover, Senior Vice President for Business Development and Operations; and Dr. William W. Pinsky, President and CEO of ECFMG and Board Chair of FAIMER. The article provides an overview of the requirement’s history, rationale, progress, and future outlook.

For more about the requirement, be sure to visit the 2023 Accreditation section of our website at www.ecfmg.org/accreditation. The section includes the requirement’s eligibility guidelines and implementation plan, as well as a one-page overview in 11 languages. Inquiries about the requirement can be sent to 2023@ecfmg.org.

(posted February 7, updated February 10)

Information on 2023 Accreditation Requirement for ECFMG Certification Now Available in 11 Languages

An overview of the 2023 Medical School Accreditation Requirement for ECFMG Certification is now available in 11 languages! To access a convenient PDF of the overview in Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish, visit the Resources page of the 2023 Medical School Accreditation Requirement section of our website.

For all of the latest details on the upcoming requirement, remember to visit www.ecfmg.org/accreditation, and check back periodically. Updates will be posted to this section as they become available.

New 2023 Accreditation Section of ECFMG Website

2023 Medical School Accreditation logo

ECFMG has launched a new section of its website dedicated to the 2023 Medical School Accreditation Requirement for ECFMG Certification. Featured in this section are new eligibility guidelines that provide more detail on how the requirement will impact individuals applying to ECFMG for ECFMG Certification and the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) leading up to 2023 and after. We encourage applicants, medical school officials, and medical regulatory authorities to visit the new 2023 website section and to check back periodically for updates.

Process for Recognition of Medical School Accrediting Agencies Now Available

Accrediting agencies are encouraged to apply now to prepare for ECFMG’s 2023 accreditation requirement

In September 2010, ECFMG announced that, effective in 2023, physicians applying for ECFMG Certification will be required to graduate from a medical school that has been appropriately accredited. Since that announcement, a process for recognizing the agencies that accredit medical schools has been developed. This process will allow medical schools accredited by recognized agencies, and their graduates, to meet ECFMG’s accreditation requirement.

As announced in ECFMG’s March 2013 update, the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME), in collaboration with the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®), has developed a Programme for Recognition of Accrediting Agencies. This Programme is the culmination of a pilot launched in 2011 by WFME and FAIMER to develop a meaningful process for evaluating and recognizing accrediting agencies using globally accepted criteria.

Detailed information, including an explanation of the process and the required application forms, is available at the WFME website at http://wfme.org/accreditation/accrediting-accreditors.

Since WFME’s Programme became available, several accrediting agencies have applied for and been granted recognition by WFME through this process. These agencies include:

  • Association for Evaluation and Accreditation of Medical Education Programs (Turkey)
  • Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP)
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME, USA) and the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS)

For more information on agencies recognized by WFME, refer to the WFME website at http://wfme.org/accreditation/accrediting-accreditors/recognition-process/87-8-recognition-of-accreditation-agencies-agencies-that-are-recognised/file.

With the 2023 effective date approaching, ECFMG encourages all agencies that accredit medical schools to visit the WFME website, review the available information, and take action to allow medical schools and their graduates to be in compliance by the deadline.

Questions regarding WFME’s recognition process may be e-mailed to WFME at accreditation@wfme.org.

Accrediting agencies, medical schools, and international medical graduates should monitor the ECFMG website at www.ecfmg.org/accreditation for updates.

ECFMG to Require Medical School Accreditation for International Medical School Graduates Seeking Certification Beginning in 2023

In July 2010, ECFMG® determined that, effective in 2023, physicians applying for ECFMG Certification will be required to graduate from a medical school that has been appropriately accredited. To satisfy this requirement, an applicant’s medical school must be accredited through a formal process that uses criteria comparable to those established for U.S. medical schools by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or that uses other globally accepted criteria, such as those put forth by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME).

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