In an official letter sent to IRIMC by ECFMG, the new protocol for ECFMG Medical School Accreditation Requirement annouced. The letter is as follows:
As you may know, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (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 details regarding this change will be provided in the coming weeks via e-mail and our website, www.ecfmg.org/accreditation. Specific questions may also be sent to email@example.com.
We extend our best wishes to you and your families for good health and well-being.
William W. Pinsky, MD, FAAP, FACC
President and CEO, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
Chair, Board of Trustees, Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER)
Professor (Hon.), University of Queensland