We are very proud of our accomplishments and thrilled to announce that last week we received notification that our accrediting body (ACCM) is now recognized by the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) a division of the U.S. Department of Education. This recognition substantially enhances the reputation of UMHS, since the ACCM accreditation standards have now been deemed comparable to the standards of the Liaison Committee of Medical Education (LCME), which is the official accrediting body for medical schools in the United States and Canada. There are only a limited number of schools outside of the United States that have this recognition. With NCFMEA we are now one step closer to being eligible for federal student loans. In addition, NCFMEA’s recognition is also a prerequisite for Florida approval. This approval will allow UMHS to expand its clinical program into the State of Florida and provide further opportunities for its students. We hope to submit our application to Florida within the next 30 to 60 days. As it stands now, we are currently affiliated with over 20 major teaching hospitals located throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada.
The following information will provide you with further details about these organizations. The National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation or NCFMEA was authorized by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. The Committee is authorized to evaluate the standards of accreditation applied to foreign medical schools, and to determine the comparability of those standards to standards applied to medical schools in the United States. A determination of comparability of accreditation standards by the NCFMEA is one of several eligibility requirement for foreign medical schools to participate in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Student Loan Program [20 U.S.C. §§ 1087a et seq.].
Founded in 1995 by Professor Conor Ward, the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine (ACCM) is an independent, not for profit organization based in the Republic of Ireland. ACCM is invited by Governments of countries to act on their behalf in relation to the inspection and accreditation of specified medical school/s (aka university / college) in their jurisdiction.