Accreditation and Official Designations
Oceania University of Medicine was granted formal accreditation by the Board of Directors of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) at its November 26, 2010, meeting. This achievement makes OUM the only internationally-accredited medical school in the South Pacific.
In May 2015, PAASCU’s Board of Directors re-accredited OUM for five years until 2020. This coming after the accreditation team’s five members visited clinical sites and interviewed students, graduates, faculty, and administrators from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Samoa during a five-month period. See the certificate below.
The team of reviewers—deans, faculty, and administrators of medical schools in the Philippines—pored through documentation that detailed the University’s policies, procedures, and programs in eight areas: faculty, curriculum & instruction, clinical facilities, research, students, library, administration, and facilities and other resources. Site visitors met with individuals responsible for those areas to confirm their effectiveness and with students and graduates to verify student satisfaction.
PAASCU is one of 20 international accrediting bodies, recognized by the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA), a committee of the United States Department of Education. NCFMEA is responsible for assuring that foreign accrediting bodies properly review their respective medical schools in a manner comparable to those in the US. In some US states, physicians educated at a foreign school may only apply for medical licensure if they graduated from an accredited medical school. Accreditation should also increase the number of public and private financial aid opportunities available to OUM students.
Throughout the accreditation process and beyond, OUM remains listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools, a joint publication of the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research and the World Federation for Medical Education, and is recognized by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. Being recognized by these resources is another prerequisite in most US states for foreign medical school graduates who apply for licensure.
Students and graduates of foreign schools acknowledged by the ECFMG are eligible to sit for the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE). In addition to passing the USMLE, students of foreign medical schools must obtain ECFMG certification in order to begin a residency program at a US hospital. The letter below confirms that OUM has met the requirements for its eligible students to obtain ECFMG certification.
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