This is an awareness article specially for those who just finshes their high school and wants to enter into medical institutions for medical career and for fresh 1st year medical students.
This will help them to select which medical institutions should be selected for their career as mostly in our set up (INDIA, PAKISTAN, BANGLADESH, SRILANKA, BUTHAN, NEPAL, PHILIPHINES) private medical insitute just opens without the permission and lisence from government, and in the end they give hard time to students once they are graduates.
The medical institution should enlisted in World Dictionary of Medical Schools (WDMS) once student is graduated, or once they enter into it.
WDMS is published by the World Health Organization (WHO). One can go to the website,
select the country where the medical school is located and then will know whether the school is listed or not.
or you can find this information thru IMED.
The International Medical Education Directory (IMED) provides an accurate and up-to-date resource of information about international medical schools that are recognized by the appropriate government agency in the countries where the medical schools are located. The agency responsible for this recognition in most countries is the Ministry of Health. Medical schools that are recognized by the appropriate agencies in their respective countries are listed in the International Medical Education Directory.
A medical school is listed in IMED after FAIMER receives confirmation from the Ministry of Health or other appropriate agency that the medical school is recognized by the Ministry or other agency. FAIMER (Foundation of Advancement of International Medical Education & Research) also updates the International Medical Education Directory as information about medical schools is received from Ministries of Health or other appropriate agencies.
Why it is important to know:
If your institution is not listed in the dictionary you wont be able to give any international professional lisencing examinations like:
A) Educational Commission of Foreign Medical Graduate (ECFMG) which authorizes you to sit for United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) for USA
B) General Medical Council (GMC) for Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) for UK
C) or Medical Council of Canada (MCC) for Canadian Licensing Exams for Canada
D)or Australian Medical Council (AMC) for Australia and so on
Once these examinating authorities receives your application, they will make thru WDMS/IMED that your institution is enlisted there or not
So just before you enter into medical college make sure is it enlisted.