Dear friends and colleagues, dear members of AMSE,
I am pleased to inform you that AMSE has been that elected as the new representative of the European Region on the Executive Council of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME, www.wfme.org)
The aim of the WFME is to enhance the quality of medical education worldwide. The organisation plays a key global role in:
- formulating international standards for quality improvement in medical education
- evaluating accreditation agencies against internationally recognized criteria
- maintaining the World Directory, a freely accessible directory of the world’s undergraduate medical education programmes.
The WFME is led by Ricardo León-Bórquez from Mexico as President and Geneviève Moineau from Canada as Vice President (www.wfme.org/about-wfme/people/).
On the WFME Executive Council, a total of six regional associations represent a structural division of the world which is used by UN-related organisations. These organisations are:
- Association for Medical Education in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (AMEEMR)
- Association of Medical Schools in Africa (AMSA)
- Association of Medical Schools in Europe (AMSE)
- Pan-American Federation of Associations of Medical Schools (PAFAMS)
- South East Asian Regional Association for Medical Education (SEARAME)
- Western Pacific Association of Medical Education (WPAME)
AMSE succeeds the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) as the representative of the European region on the WFME Executive Council. While most of the WFME regional associations map are fully or closely aligned with this structure, the former representative of Europe, AMEE, has expanded its activities to an international level. To better harness these changes on the WFME Council, AMEE has moved to the position of an Executive Member, alongside the partner organisations Educational Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), International Federation of Medical Students’ Association (IFMSA) and Junior Doctors Network (JDN).
At the WFME Executive Council meeting in Quebec on 11-12 April 2023, WFME, AMEE and AMSE agreed to this change and the Council confirmed that AMEE’s position should change to Executive Member and that AMSE should serve as the new regional member representing the European region (www.wfme.org/about-wfme/executive-council/).
Prof. Harm Peters, MD, MHPE
D-14167 Berlin, Germany