India Awarded WFME Recognition: Indian Medical Graduates Can Now Practise In the US, Australia, and Canada

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    • The National Medical Commission (NMC), India, has been being awarded the coveted World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) Recognition. 
    • WFME recognition will enable Indian medical graduates to pursue postgraduate training and practice in other countries that require WFME recognition. 
    • Under this accreditation all the 706 existing medical colleges become WFME accredited. 
    • The new medical colleges that will be set up in the coming 10 years will automatically become WFME accredited. 
    • the NMC will get the privilege of enhancing the quality and standards of medical education in India by aligning them with the global best practices and benchmarks. 
    • The World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) is a global organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of medical education worldwide.

    The National Medical Commission (NMC), India, has been awarded the coveted World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) Recognition Status for a tenure of 10 years, according to a press release from the Union Health Ministry.  

    WFME recognition will enable Indian medical graduates to pursue postgraduate training and practice in other countries that require WFME recognition, such as the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, the release added.

    Under this accreditation all the 706 existing medical colleges become WFME accredited and the new medical colleges that will be set up in the coming 10 years will automatically become WFME accredited. This will also make India an attractive destination for international students due to our globally recognized standards.

    Apart from this, the NMC will get the privilege of enhancing the quality and standards of medical education in India by aligning them with the global best practices and benchmarks. The release added that recognition will increase the international recognition and reputation of Indian medical schools and professionals, facilitate academic collaborations and exchanges promote continuous improvement and innovation in medical education, and foster a culture of quality assurance among medical educators and institutions.

    The World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) is a global organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of medical education worldwide. WFME’s mission is to strive for better health care for all mankind; WFME’s primary objective is to enhance the quality of medical education worldwide, with the promotion of the highest scientific and ethical standards in medical education, according to the Health Ministry press release.

    The WFME recognition process entails a fee of ₹ 4,98,5142 ($60,000) per medical college, which covers the expenses of the site visit team and their travel and accommodation. This means that the total cost for the 706 medical colleges in India to apply for WFME recognition would have been approximately ₹ 351.9 crore ($4,23,60,000). It is noteworthy that NMC has taken recognition of WFME which shall be applicable to all medical colleges under its umbrella.

    (With inputs from agencies)

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