World Federation for Medical Education
The mission of WFME is to enhance the quality of medical education world-wide, and to promote the highest standards in medical education.
This mission is met through the development of standards in medical education, by the promotion of accreditation of medical schools, with the development of databases on medical education, through projects on the future of medicine and medical education, and through other publications and partnerships.
WFME works in partnership with its six Regional Associations for Medical Education, with global professional and international organisations including the World Health Organization and the World Medical Association, with WFME’s associate members, and with medical schools world-wide.
The purpose of WFME in promoting better medical education is to improve health care for all mankind.
WFME’s activities cover all stages of medical education, from basic (undergraduate) medical education, through postgraduate medical education - including vocational training, specialist training, and research doctoral education - and continuing medical education and the continuing professional development of medical doctors.
WFME Standards for Medical Education – the revision programme
The WFME Standards for Medical Education have now been in extensive use, world-wide, for more than 10 years.
One of the most important events of the year 2012 for WFME was the launch of the revised version of the Standards for Basic Medical Education, following their endorsement by the Executive Council of WFME. The revision process was led by a small working party supported by a world-wide panel of experts. The revised Standards follow the same principles and structure as the original Standards.
The revised Standards for Basic Medical Education have been well received, and work is now in hand to revise the Standards for Postgraduate Medical Education, and for Continuous Professional Development.