An Important First Step for International Medical Graduates (IMGs)
Oceania University of Medicine was first accredited in 2010 by the Philippine Accrediting Association for Schools, Colleges and Universities (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 as equivalent to US standards.
In 2015, OUM underwent re-accreditation through PAASCU’s rigorous standards and was awarded level-two status. OUM is currently preparing for renewal of its accreditation with PAASCU in 2020, which will include an extensive self-study, a review by the panel of medical educators and site visits to teaching facilities.
Founded in 1957, PAASCU is one of the oldest accrediting bodies in the world and one of the largest. PAASCU currently is applying for recognition with the World Federation of Medical Education (WFME), which has been charged by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) with certifying medical school accrediting bodies around the world.
International medical graduates graduating in 2023 and beyond, planning to practice in the United States, must have graduated from a medical school whose accrediting body is recognized by WFME. For more information, visit: https://www.ecfmg.org/accreditation/
OUM is confident that PAASCU will have met WFME’s recognition requirements well before the 2023 deadline.
WHY ACCREDITATION MATTERS
Accreditation provides a requisite credential that medical school graduates need for licensure and post-graduate training to practice medicine in many countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States.
In addition to being internationally accredited, OUM is recognized by the following entities:
- Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
- World Directory of Medical Schools
- Australian Medical Council (AMC)
- Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ)
Being recognized by these organizations is a prerequisite in many countries, such as Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, for international medical school graduates who apply for licensure. In addition to passing the requisite registration exam of the country where they wish to practice, graduates of foreign medical schools must meet internship requirements in those jurisdictions. For example, 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. OUM graduates are eligible to obtain ECFMG certification.
OUM graduates planning to practice medicine in Australia are eligible to sit the AMC licensing exams and graduates planning to practice medicine in New Zealand are eligible to sit for the New Zealand Registration Exam (NZREX).
Accreditation validates the University’s curriculum and programming as comparable to long-standing traditional institutions. The PAASCU Board of Directors re-accredited OUM until 2020 after the accreditation team visited clinical sites and interviewed students, graduates, faculty, and administrators from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Samoa during a five-month period. The team of reviewers—deans, faculty, and administrators of medical schools—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.