In the field of healthcare, graduates are faced with ever more global challenges. Providing reliable quality and international perspective and knowledge to aspiring medical professionals has become more essential than ever before in enabling them to meet the healthcare needs of communities and patients in a globalized medical environment.
Among 2,200 currently recognized medical schools listed by the World Directory of Medical Schools, many lay claim to providing education with excellent international focus and reach to their students. However, a widely recognized quality assurance system for evaluating the internationalization of medical schools does not presently exist. Medical education varies substantially between countries and so do national accreditation systems. Quality assurance and improvement for medical education in different regions of the world is of need.
The creation of a quality insurance initiative to evaluate and rate the degree of internationalization of medical schools could provide students with an objective and recognized system of reference in choosing high quality medical education, while also encouraging an improvement of internationalization standards among schools.
Within the workshop, the need for such an initiative will be discussed, with the aim of stimulating an initiative to develop a label accredited by the M8-alliance member universities to define levels of quality and internationalization at medical schools worldwide. Meaningful, cohesive criteria and trustworthy unbiased mechanisms have to be agreed upon to achieve this goal. The experiences and results of the EU-funded “IMS 2020 – International Medical School 2020” can be helpful in the process.