What Is Accreditation?

Accreditation demonstrates that an institution has met rigorous standards, providing confidence that its curriculum is comparable to well-established medical schools. In addition to being an important quality indicator, many countries require that graduates of foreign medical schools applying for licensure in their countries be graduates of an accredited medical school. 

OUM Is Internationally Accredited

Since 2010, OUM has been accredited by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). The University’s current accreditation from PAASCU is valid through April 2025.

Beginning in late 2024, graduates of international medical schools who plan to practice in the United States must have earned their degree from a medical school whose accrediting body is recognized by the World Federation of Medical Education (WFME).

As of 6 April 2024, PAASCU’s WFME recognition has been extended to include OUM as a Samoan Medical School. OUM has now been added to the Medical Schools with WFME recognition, and this will be displayed on the PAASCU website shortly.

Additional details may be seen on the WFME Certificate of Recognition Status.

OUM’s Recognition

In addition to being internationally accredited, OUM is recognized by the following entities:

  • Australian Medical Council (AMC)

  • Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
  • Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ)
  • World Directory of Medical Schools (WDMS)

Being recognized by these organizations is a prerequisite in many countries for international medical school graduates to apply for licensure.

OUM Graduates

OUM graduates planning to practice medicine in Australia are eligible to sit the AMC licensing exams, and graduates planning to practice in New Zealand are eligible to sit for the New Zealand Registration Exam (NZREX).

All Canadian students must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, pass the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part 1, and the National Assessment Collaboration Examination (NAC).

OUM graduates are also eligible to obtain ECFMG certification. In the US, in addition to passing the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), students of foreign medical schools must obtain ECFMG certification to begin a US residency program. For more information, visit:

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