A Review Of Defining Standards Process In Basic Medical Education Accreditation In Mexico And Wfme


avatar Fakhrolsadat Hosseini 1 , * , avatar Bahram Einollahi 2 , avatar Ramin Homayouni Zand 2 , avatar Fatemeh Shahla Nazaran 2 , avatar Amir Maziar Niaei 2 , avatar Mohammad Nouri Avarzamani 2

1 Medical Education, School of Medical Education Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

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How to Cite: Hosseini F, Einollahi B, Homayouni Zand R, Nazaran F S, Niaei A M, et al. A Review Of Defining Standards Process In Basic Medical Education Accreditation In Mexico And Wfme. J Med Edu. 2002;1(3):e104964. doi: 10.22037/jme.v1i3.957.


Journal of Medical Education: 1 (3); e104964
Published Online: April 14, 2009
Article Type: Review Article
Received: April 14, 2009
Accepted: April 14, 2009


Today, through out the world, medical education has two critical needs: need for structural reform and innovative plans and then need for social accountability in terms of educational program quality and its effectiveness. Educational assessment and accreditation could be considered as operational (executive) strategy  to meet both needs. Of outmost important as the first toward educational assessment and accreditation is the task of specifying  standards for medical education both in terms of the institution and the educational program of the institution. Since these standards constitute a new framework against which the medical institutes can measure themselves.Here, in this article we have briefly reviewed the process of developing these standards by AMFEM (in Mexico) and by WFME at an international level. We have tried to underlie two critical features common in both processes.  First, the importance levels to defining the physicians' role in terms of what the society or better say, the health care system (as the representative of social health requirement)  expects from a good physician. Second, the thoughtful  attempt to involve as many experts as possible in the process of developing the standards and providing opportunities to discuss the result of each stage of the specifying standard process.


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