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Recognition Status

What is Recognition Status?

Recognition Status is awarded by the World Federation of Medical Education  (WFME) to an accrediting agency working to an internationally accepted high standard and confers the understanding that the quality of accreditation of medical schools is to an appropriate and rigorous standard.

What do North American medical students need? 

North American students who choose to study abroad must qualify for an Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate. ECFMG requires that the international medical school is accredited by an agency recognized by WFME.

Starting in 2024, individuals applying for ECFMG certification must be a student or graduate of a medical school that is appropriately accredited. More specifically, the school must be accredited by an accrediting agency that is officially recognized by the WFME.

The WFME Recognition Programme is currently the only program accepted by ECFMG for the recognition of medical school accrediting agencies.


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What is ACSOM-Dominica’s Accreditation Status?
  • ACSOM’s application has been accepted by the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM) (approved by WFME) to enter the accreditation process. ACSOM now has "Candidacy Status" which is given to new and developing schools.
  • ACSOM’s application has also been accepted by the Independent Association of Accredited Registrars (IAAR) (approved by WFME) for the initial accreditation process.
  • ACSOM has been approved by the Commonwealth of Dominica Ministry of Health as an M.D. granting institution and has license to start its program. 
  • ACSOM's application has been submitted and is pending listing in the WHO directory of medical schools.
  • ACSOM has secured initial accreditation from the Dominica Medical Board.