OUM Is An Internationally Accredited Medical School

OUM’s MD program is accredited by an international agency and recognized by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME), which enables graduates to apply to practice medicine in many countries throughout the world.

In April 2024, the WFME granted the Philippine Accrediting Association for Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU) recognition status for its accreditation of OUM in Samoa. This recognition ensures OUM’s global standing and retains opportunities for its graduates, ensuring their degree is internationally recognized.

PAASCU and the Samoa Qualifications Authority (SQA) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement indicating that SQA recognizes PAASCU’s accreditation of OUM.

OUM satisfies the United States requirement that graduates of international medical schools who plan to practice in the US must earn their degree from a medical school whose accrediting body is recognized by WFME.

OUM’s Recognition

In addition to being internationally accredited, OUM is listed in the Word Directory of Medical Schools (WDMS) and is recognized by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

In many countries, being recognized by these organizations is a prerequisite for international medical school graduates (IMGs) to apply for licensure.

What Is Accreditation?

Medical school accreditation standards demonstrate that an institution has met rigorous qualifications, providing confidence that its curriculum is comparable to other well-established medical schools.

In addition to being an important quality indicator, many countries require that medical graduates applying for licensure in their jurisdictions earn their degrees from institutions with recognized medical school accreditation.

Who Accredits OUM?

OUM was first accredited in 2010 by PAASCU, which at the time was one of the 21 medical school accrediting bodies worldwide deemed by the US Department of Education’s National Committee for Foreign Medical Education Accreditation (NCFMEA) to have standards comparable to those of the USA. That accreditation was renewed in 2015 and is valid through April 2025.

In 2018, the NCFMEA announced new criteria and PAASCU was required to undergo further accreditation of its own, prior to the end of 2024, in order for its accreditation of OUM to remain valid. As of April 6, 2024, PAASCU has been awarded Recognition Status through April 2033, pending annual monitoring of continued compliance. This Recognition Status is awarded for the Philippines and Samoa, as follows: “WFME Recognition Status confirms that the World Federation For Medical Education (WFME) is satisfied with the accreditation process, post-accreditation monitoring, and decision-making process of the PAASCU as it relates to basic medical education schools or programmes. WFME Recognition Status of an agency confers the understanding that the quality of medical education in its accredited schools is to an appropriate and rigorous standard.”

OUM Graduates

Australia: OUM graduates planning to practice medicine in Australia are eligible to sit the Australian Medical Council (AMC) licensing exams.

Canada: Canadian medical licensure for international graduates requires passing the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part 1 and the National Assessment Collaboration Examination (NAC). OUM’s Canadian graduates must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents to take the Canadian licensing examinations.

New Zealand: OUM graduates planning to practice in New Zealand are eligible to sit for the New Zealand Registration Exam (NZREX).

Samoa: Samoan graduates of OUM are qualified to practice medicine in Samoa. They must submit a written application to the Director General of the Ministry of Health for employment contracts at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole (TTM) Hospital and register with the Samoa Medical Council. Graduates then commence their two-year internship program. They have a Temporary Practicing Licence that allows them to practice under supervision in the hospital. After that, they will receive their full Annual Practicing Certificate.

United States: OUM graduates are eligible to obtain ECFMG certification. In the US, in addition to passing the United States Medical Licensing Exams (USMLE), students of foreign medical schools must obtain ECFMG certification to begin a US residency program. For more information, visit OUM provides both USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 prep courses for students intending to practice in the US.

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