World Directory of Medical Schools

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The World Directory of Medical Schools (WDMS) is a public database of institutions that provide medical education.[1] There are 2,800 operational medical schools listed in the directory. The Directory is published as a collaboration of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER).

Database[edit]

For the database, a "medical school" is defined as an "educational institution that provides a complete or full program of instruction leading to basic medical qualification; that is, a qualification that permits the holder to obtain a license to practice as a medical doctor or physician".[2] As of December 2016 the database has records for 2,800 medical schools that are operational and more than 100 that have ceased to be operational.[3]

It was created by merging their respective AVICENNA and IMED directories to produce a single comprehensive resource, including the schools in each of the prior directories.[4]

History[edit]

The decision to merge the AVICENNA and IMED was finalized in March 2012.[5] The directory was officially launched in April 2014. During the transition to the new Directory, IMED and the Avicenna Directory remained open for a year, closing in 2015.[6]

Sponsors[edit]

The major sponsors are the Australian Medical Council, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, Medical Council of Canada.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Duvivier, Robbert J; Boulet, John R; Opalek, Amy; van Zanten, Marta; Norcini, John (September 2014). "Overview of the world's medical schools: an update". Medical Education. 48 (9): 860–869. doi:10.1111/medu.12499.
  2. ^ "About the World Directory". World Directory of Medical Schools. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  3. ^ "World Directory of Medical Schools – ECA". ecahe.eu. European Consortium for Accreditation. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  4. ^ "FAIMER and WFME to Collaborate on Combined Medical School Directory". Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  5. ^ "History of the World Directory of Medical Schools". World Federation for Medical Education and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research. Retrieved 2014-11-03.
  6. ^ "FAIMER® and WFME Announce the Launch of the World Directory of Medical Schools" (PDF) (Press release). Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research. Retrieved 2014-10-30.
  7. ^ "World Directory of Medical Schools | Sponsors". www.wdoms.org. World Directory of Medical Schools. 6 December 2016. Retrieved 17 April 2017.

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