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As of January 1, 2020, The Medical Board of California shall determine a foreign medical school to be a recognized medical school if the foreign medical school meets any of the following requirements:


(1) The foreign medical school has been evaluated by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) or one of the ECFMG-authorized foreign medical school accreditation agencies and deemed to meet the minimum requirements substantially equivalent to the requirements of medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools, or the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.


(2) The foreign medical school is listed on the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) World Directory of Medical Schools joint directory or the World Directory of Medical Schools.


We believe that UMHS will satisfy these requirements and should qualify for recognition in January 2020. We are fully accredited by ACCM which is an ECFMG authorized foreign medical school accreditation agency. ACCM is also recognized by the US Department of Education through NCFMEA. UMHS is also listed with WFME and the World Directory. As a result we should be in full compliance with both items 1 and 2.


Once approved and recognized, all current and future UMHS students will qualify for clinical rotations, residencies and licensure in California. Our goal will be to make California a regional clinical center with multiple affiliations offering a full complement of core and elective rotations. At the present time, UMHS graduates must complete 10 years of practice outside of California to qualify for licensure. That regulation will be repealed in 2020. As a result, our understanding is that there will no longer be a waiting period imposed for licensure.



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