posted by Mark Frederiks
on 27 December 2016

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World Directory of Medical Schools

Authors: Barbora Hrabalová and Sarah Williams Leng

How many medical schools are there in the world? What are the characteristics of these schools, and qualifications of their graduates?  These are questions that should be reliably answered to effectively inform research and policy related to international medical education and the health workforce.

It is the mission of the World Directory of Medical Schools (World Directory) to list all of the medical schools in the world, with accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive information on each school. The World Directory has been developed through a partnership between the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER). It provides a comprehensive compilation of the information previously contained in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) and Avicenna directories.

The World Directory currently includes information about more than 2,800 operational medical schools and over 100 more that are no longer operational.  Each record highlights available school details including start year, school type, operational status and contact information.  Programmatic details are also included: qualification title, program duration, and language of instruction, as well as available enrollment data. Since its inception in 2014, there have been over 400 medical schools added to the directory. Medical schools throughout the world are discovered through many sources, including students, graduates and official contacts of medical schools, professionals of the medical education community, as well as government authorities. Any such source of information which brings new schools to our attention is appreciated. These medical schools are then reviewed for eligibility: the directory includes only those medical schools providing a complete or full program of instruction leading to a basic medical qualification, one that permits the holder to obtain a license to practice as a medical doctor or physician.  Before listing eligible schools in this directory, we must confirm the school’s operational status and recognition from an appropriate government agency or medical council.

The World Directory is freely available at www.wdoms.org.  This directory website provides a search tool, allowing users to find medical schools by name, location (city and country), and operational status.  Schools’ prior names and the names of universities with which they have been affiliated are also included in the directory and are used by the search function, so that schools may still be found even when the current name is not known.  Those interested are encouraged to use the search function to review the directory records, including the school and program details pertaining to each school.

The World Directory is used by medical regulatory authorities and employers around the world to verify the existence of medical schools and the qualifications of their graduates.  It is important to note that the listing of a medical school in the World Directory does not denote recognition, accreditation, or endorsement by the World Directory or by the partner organizations publishing this resource, WFME and FAIMER. Similarly, a listing does not denote recognition, accreditation, or endorsement by any or all of the sponsors of the World Directory, except where this is expressly stated by the sponsoring organization.  Some of the directory’s sponsoring organizations have provided information regarding their stance on specific schools within the directory.  Please refer to the Sponsor Notes tab of any school record of interest to review notes provided by World Directory sponsors on the eligibility of students and graduates to pursue opportunities in the country of the sponsoring organization.

Since the World Directory includes a great wealth of available data, we are offering an annual subscription service for the regulatory authorities, researchers, and other interested subscribers which will provide access to download all the information from the World Directory for an annual fee.  Data files are available for download in CSV or XML format and are updated daily.

The World Directory staff is ready to answer any questions and new listing requests at info@wdoms.org.

 
 

13 thoughts on “World Directory of Medical Schools

  1. kaisar ahmed says:

    Hi,
    I’m kaisar ahmed from Bangladesh.I m a final year medical student in SHEIKH SAYERA KHATUN MEDICAL COLLEGE, GOPALGONJ.The medical college established in 2011.I have to take part in australian medical council exam.bt as it is not listed in wdoms I’m not eligible.I m suffering a lot.I m sending a ton of email to wdoms bt still the process is not progressing.so Can u pls tell me a clear cut process how to list my medical college in wdmos.how much time can it take?there r medical colleges established at same time but r listed such as monno medical college.pls tell me.I m suffering a lot.I m sending emails to wdoms but its not working.
    Sincerely
    Kaisar

    1. Thank you for your comment. We cannot estimate the amount of time it will take for an eligible school to be listed, as this is dependent on many factors. We are aware of this medical school, but have not yet received the confirmation required from the appropriate government authority. Please ask that a school representative contact the World Directory at info@wdoms.org, and staff will provide more information on the progress of this listing request.

  2. Axel A. Nunez says:

    Hello, Im a medical student at the Dominican Republic. I would like to know how oe where I find if my school (Universidad Iberoamericana UNIBE) is recognized by the WFME or FRAIMER

  3. Thank you for your comment. The medical school, Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) School of Medicine, Santo Domingo, is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools (https://search.wdoms.org/home/SchoolDetail/F0001836). It is important to note that the listing of a medical school in the World Directory does not denote recognition, accreditation, or endorsement by the World Directory or by the partner organizations publishing this resource, WFME and FAIMER.

  4. Dr. N. Kannan says:

    Hi, Thanks for this crisp description posted. I too have a problem. Our mails to info@ wdoms is not effective. I will be pleased if you can give a comprehensive plan or steps to be taken to register a medical school from India in wdoms. your help will be very much appreciated. Thank you.

    1. Thank you for your comment. Please contact the World Directory at info@wdoms.org with details about the medical school of interest. We will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

  5. Harsh patel says:

    Hello I’m medical student at india in gmers medical college, himmatnagar. I want to know is it listed in wdoms??

    1. Thank you for your comment. GMERS Medical College, Hadiyol, Himmatnagar, is not listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools. Before listing eligible schools in this directory, we must confirm the school’s operational status and recognition from an appropriate government agency or medical council. Please email info@wdoms.org for more information regarding this listing request.

  6. nasik korakhi says:

    hello,i am nasik and a medical student in david tvildiani medical university,georgia.Is my university listed under WDOMS because i want to appear in USMLE.

    1. Thank you for your comment. David Tvildiani Medical University AIETI Medical School, Georgia is listed in this directory (https://search.wdoms.org/home/SchoolDetail/F0001012). It is important to note that the listing of a medical school in the World Directory does not denote recognition, accreditation, or endorsement by the World Directory or by the partner organizations publishing this resource, WFME and FAIMER. Similarly, a listing does not denote recognition, accreditation, or endorsement by any or all of the sponsors of the World Directory, except where this is expressly stated by the sponsoring organization.

  7. Dr Ramesh Manmohan Dass says:

    Enquiring if Crimea State Medical institute in Simferopol city,Russia is listed under WDOMS

    1. Thank you for your comment. Medical Academy named after S.I. Georgievskiy, Crimean Federal University named after V.I. Vernadsky, Ukraine is listed in this directory (https://search.wdoms.org/home/SchoolDetail/F0000896).

    2. Deborah Bedoll says:

      Thank you for your comment. David Tvildiani Medical University AIETI Medical School, Georgia is listed in this directory (https://search.wdoms.org/home/SchoolDetail/F0000896). It is important to note that the listing of a medical school in the World Directory does not denote recognition, accreditation, or endorsement by the World Directory or by the partner organizations publishing this resource, WFME and FAIMER. Similarly, a listing does not denote recognition, accreditation, or endorsement by any or all of the sponsors of the World Directory, except where this is expressly stated by the sponsoring organization.

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