The Institute for International Medical Education
The Institute for International Medical Education (IIME) was established in 1999 in New York to address unification and quality standards. It has been entrusted with the development of "global minimum essential (core) requirements" to be required by physicians throughout the world, as well as the task of collecting global information on different aspects of education of the medical profession. After testing these "essentials" in a few leading medical schools, they will be offered to the academic community as a tool to secure a quality of physicians' education worldwide.
IIME develops internationally-recognized independent outcome standards for health education programs. The main activities include: maintaining a reference database of medical schools around the globe, creating global minimum essential requirements for the M.D. degree, setting independent international standards for IIME outcomes, evaluating outcomes of eight leading medical schools in China, cooperating with Project Globe on international school for generalist physicians, and ensuring common standards for medical competencies.
Links to the health workforce crisis
Content of medical curricula differs greatly worldwide resulting in varying levels of professional competences acquired by graduates of medical schools. The main goal of IIME is to assure that there is a baseline of acceptable training globally of healthcare workers to ensure proper treatment for all. The Institute for International Medical Education, an offshoot of the China Medical Board of New York, undertook the task of defining the "Global Minimum Essential Requirements" that specify the professional attitudes, knowledge, skills, and behavior of the universal value to the practice of medicine to be shown by students after graduation.
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