ACCM Accreditation Commission

Standards of Accreditation

Full text available to Governments, Medical Schools and other professional or educational bodies from ACCM Secretariat.  Full text available to the general public on request from ACCM Secretariat.

Brief Overview

There are 14 Standards of Accreditation, outlined briefly below:

Standard 1: Educational Goals
The medical school must sponsor an MD programme and have a defined and published mission and educational goals.  It must evaluate outcomes using objective measures and ensure its graduates have acquired the knowledge, skills and professional attributes expected of physicians.

Standard 2: Corporate Organisation
The medical school must be licensed by the country in which it operate to offer instruction in medicine and to award the MD degree.  It must be governed by an independent, voluntary board.

Standard 3: Management
There must be an efficient and adequate administrative structure with sufficient faculty and staff for effective delivery of the educational programme.

Standard 4: Curriculum
A curriculum of at least 130 week developed by a curriculum committee composed of faculty and administration.  This must include didactic and practical instruction in basic medical sciences, followed by instruction in clinical sciences with supervised training in hospital and ambulatory settings, taught with an integrated and multidisciplinary approach.  Professional attitudes, behaviour, conduct, integrity and ethics are required attributes throughout the programme.  Conditions for clinical training are outlined, with requirements for evaluating the quality and effectiveness of the entire programme.

Standard 5: Student Promotion and Evaluation
Methods for assessing students' skills, knowledge and proficiencies, overseen by a promotions and evaluation committee.  Student counselling throughout the programme.  Students to pass USMLE Step 1 prior to proceeding to clinical training, and pass USMLE Step 2 (CS and CK) as a prerequisite to graduation.

Standard 6: Admissions
Policies on admission, readmission, transfer students, visiting students and student dismissals must be in place.  Student body size must be appropriate to the medical school's resources.

Standard 7: Financial Resources
There must be sufficient resources and reserves to carry out the programme.  There are designated requirements in terms of institutional debt, budget planning and compliance, fees, student refunds, and loan default prevention programme.

Standard 8: Faculty and Instructional Personnel
Faculty to be appropriately qualified and experienced to teach in their area of instruction. Sufficient faculty to be employed to fulfil the school's goals.  Policy on selection and appointment required, as are opportunities for research, professional growth and continuing education.  Faculty compensation, professional security, academic freedom, workload, evaluation and promotion criteria and procedures are addressed.

Standard 9: Library and Information Technology
Requirements for library size, design, facilities and resources, including staff, as well as for audio, visual, computer and internet facilities. Requirements for information technology support and resources.    

Standard 10: Student Services
Requirements regarding publications and information for students, as well as personal and academic counselling, student health services, and student financial aid and budgeting.

Standard 11: Facilities and Equipment
Requirements for buildings, equipment, facilities and services.  Hospital standards, with appropriate range of clinical disciplines.  Affiliation agreements to be in place with clinical training sites. The medical school must ensure delivery of its curriculum, having equal quality of educational experience among the hospitals to which it assigns students.  The school must, through clinical deans, department chairs and faculty, directly control and supervise delivery of the clinical programme.

Standard 12: Substantive Change
Requirements for notification of sustantive change in curriculum, resources or admissions, opening a branch campus or expansion of existing campus.  

Standard 13: Student Complaints
Requirements for complaints procedures to, or about, the medical school.

Standard 14: Postgraduate Progression
Requirements for collection of data on postgraduate progression.

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