International Association of Medical Colleges
The International Association of Medical Colleges is dedicated to globally
enhance medical education by means of accreditation. It works in close
cooperation with those government regulators who oversee medical education,
accreditation, and licensure of physicians.
The differences in the various systems of economic, political, and social values
around the world are vast. The comprehension, motives, interest, or integrity of
those who may control those systems within any one of 192 governments in this
world are complex, and constantly changing. For IAOMC directors to understand
all of this requires the advice of experts. Thus, the guidance, and
recommendations of a large number of expert regulators, government officials,
and medical educators from each society is needed. An enlightened exchange of
ideas by knowledgeable people of good will from different perspectives is a
must. The Council’s forum will be principally electronic. Considered
international judgments require full consideration of each of the many local
variances. Good science is universally true. But to apply the newly evolved
science to medical students and apply it to patient care requires consultation
with a deliberative body.
An email poll was taken of the regulatory community. (Click
here) Ultimately, officials of twenty
five per cent of the States within the United States unanimously responded
affirmatively to both the need, and to extending invitations to regulators to
participate. They also agreed the first issue requiring clarification would be
the extent computer assisted learning could be validly used to enhance medical
education. And so this Council has been formed. We have chosen council
governance to be democratic, open and transparent.
The purpose of the Council is to advise the IAOMC Board on issues referred to
it. Issues may be submitted to the IAOMC Board by the Advisory Council members,
medical students, and patients, the public, medical educators, representative
medical organizations, and/or government administrators or regulators. Issues
will relate to any one or more of the following; medical regulation, practice,
science, or education. The council will serve as an open international forum to
provide a medium for ideas, assemble data, scholarly study, and obtain the
consensus of experts. The Council will alert the IAOMC Board to such differences
in national, regional, cultural, and any other diversity that exist in medical
schools in a sensitive, respectful way. It will research, assemble factual data,
study, and provide scholarly analysis by regulatory and medical educator
experts. And it will recommend appropriate structures and organizations to cope
with the dynamic of discovery in the medical sciences.
I. Council Membership - Applicants
All Council Members are appointed by and serve at will of the IAOMC board. The
council members will be divided into three sections. Each section will serve as
an expert resource to accomplish the multiple missions of the Advisory Council
Section 1. Experienced, expert, medical administrators or educators.
Medical educators are those senior faculty members experienced in teaching
medical students. Medical educators may be retired as long as they remain
current in medical affairs. They must have reached the academic rank of full
professor. Any qualified medical educator may apply of their own initiative.
Priority will be given to medical educators from underrepresented regions. The
IAOMC Board may elect any applicant medical educator or administrator it
believes will enhance the council’s expertise and debate.
Each IAOMC medical school member is authorized to nominate one Advisory Council
member to the medical school section. Such representative shall serve at the
pleasure of their appointing school and the majority of the IAOMC Board.
Section 2. Senior government regulators/Administrators or Medical Board
Medical regulators are individuals that establish or interpret laws, or rules or
policies, on medical accrediting, licensing or practice. Medical administrators
are those senior officers delegated with the responsibility of carrying out
laws, policies and rules of their government in medical education or licensure
for their government. Each member of this section will indicate if they serve
either in their expert, individual capacity or as a representative of a
government, a region of the world or school in their official capacity.
Preference will be given to those with longevity, experience and authority.
Individual members of this section may express their opinions confidentially.
Representatives of Countries, Regions, or Organizations
Organizations with a large medical educator or physician membership that have
extensive knowledge of medical education, and/or the practice of medicine, and/
or the regulation of medical school students, or graduates may become members.
Such member organization may appoint two members to the Advisory Council
organizational section, subject to approval of the IAOMC Board.
The Chair, in consultation with the President, may form committees dedicated to
particular issues. An effort will be made to appoint members with a diversity of
opinions. Should the issue be regarded differently in some parts of the world
the appointed committee members should reflect the views of the various world
regions. Each section shall also elect its own fully participating, voting
member to the IAOMC Board. All members are expected to approach an issue with an
open mind, and prepared to share their research, opinions and thoughts in a
constructive, scientific, collegial manner.
application to the IAOMC Board for appointment to any one of the three Advisory
Council sections should be sent by email to the IAOMC President. Individuals
must attach a CV stating particular areas of expertise, a willingness to
recognize and improve the present accreditation standards. Organizations will
provide a brief statement on their capacity to contribute to the purpose to
their section. Membership is voluntary and uncompensated. Subscription to the
principals and goals upon which IAOMC has been founded and participation in
providing issue studies with background, solutions, advice, opinions and voting
is expected. Applicants must be credentialed, knowledgeable, scholarly
individuals or organizations. A measure of acceptance, is can an applicant
contribute to bridging and understanding the world’s cultures to enrich the
medical education and practice? There will be a deliberate effort to provide a
regional balance among members.
The role of the
section Chair will be to receive issues to be discussed, organize/schedule the
study of issues raised, to liaise with the IAOMC President and staff, interact
with section members, assign such committees as may be required. The Section
Chair shall make all parliamentary decisions. The Section Chair’s parliamentary
decisions may be reversed by a two-thirds majority of the section’s membership.
The Section Chair may establish study groups or committees and temporarily
appoint a chair. The study group or committee may elect its own chair at its
first meeting. Study groups/ committees will report to the membership of their
section. The President is required to call a special membership or Study
Group/committee meeting when more than a majority of members petition for such a
secretary will maintain the records of the section in an open and transparent
manner. Record and digest minutes, email votes and forward them for posting on
IAOMC’s web site. In the conduct of meetings, the Secretary will prepare the
agenda, and notify the members.
treasurer in consultation with the section members will determine the budget for
the section and arrange the participation of the section members to assist in
raising such funds as may be required.
Voting - email voting - reporting
Each section will
have its own Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. One month prior to the annual
meeting each section shall elect its own Chair, Secretary and Treasurer section
for a one year term. The three Section Chairs, Secretaries and Treasurers shall
form the Advisory Committee’s Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall
select its Executive Chair and Executive Secretary. The Executive Committee
shall serve as the coordinating Committee of all three sections.
Any Council matter may be voted on by taped, transcribed, conference call,
e-mail or regular mail ballot. The position of the members will be determined by
vote at any duly called lawful meeting in which a quorum is present. Decisions
shall be made by a majority vote of those members voting. Separate email rules
will govern email voting.
The exchange of thoughts and ideas will be principally by email, fax or regular
mail. Conference calls will be authorized when required. The electronic forum
will allow an orderly global free flow of ideas. To implement electronic
decision making the following system of email voting will be used. The Council
members will meet electronically or by conference call as often as the need
requires. They may meet in person at such time and place as may be determined by
the Section Chair in consultation with and concurrence of IAOMC Board.
Any council concern, report and or recommendation will automatically be added to
the next possible IAOMC Board agenda.
Any signed petition or resolution prepared in which 3/4th of the section
membership waive notice of meeting and unanimously agree will be binding on
those who chose not to participate
E mail voting
First. When any
advisory Council report is complete and ready for member voting the email report
proposal will be sent by the Advisory Council Executive Committee Secretary to
all those Council members within the section(s) responsible simultaneously.
Second. Each council member will automatically be required to vote within
forty-eight hours of the time sent. The forty-eight hour period excludes
weekends and holidays. Failure to timely respond results in a forfeiture of the
right to vote on the immediate proposal
Third. Any email voting proposal shall have the following preset voter options
that follow the proposal; A. Approve B. Disapprove C. Approve with policy
modification, D. This issue requires a telephone conference. E. Abstain. A voter
may add such comment as they may choose. The majority of voters shall rule.
Fourth. It will be presumed a proposal simultaneously sent to all members will
have been received by each of them if it has not been returned to sender.
Fifth. It is the responsibility of each voting member and/or alternate to
maintain and monitor a current operating e-mail address that has been provided
to all those entitled to vote.
Sixth. Any and all email voting reply shall be by replying to all voters
Seventh. Any voting irregularities shall be finally resolved by the Advisory
Council’s Executive Committee.
of each section will be democratically determined. Council reports shall first
state the factual issues. Second. The process used to exchange ideas on the
issue or issues. Third, facts agreed upon by the majority. Fourth. The minority
view. Fifth. A short majority rebuttal. Fifth, Conclusions of the majority
indicating the actual vote on the issues.. Sixth, Appendix including any
committee reports, outlining bibliography with references to those particular
parts relied upon.
Assignment - Issues
After approval of the majority of the IAOMC Board, only its President, and/or
Chief operating officer may submit an Advisory Council assignments or issues for
study, debate and recommendation report. This will be sent to all three Advisory
Council Executive Committee members who will determine which section(s) shall
assume the responsibility for the subject assigned. When an issue is referred to
a particular section it may choose to recommend to the Executive Committee
assignment of any part or all of the discussion or research to another section.
The Council’s debates, exchange of ideas, issues raised, decisions made will be
open and transparent. Copies of emails concerning council business or issues,
by, to, from, or between members will be copied to the Section Secretary and
Chair. The Section Chair will forward a copy to anyone requesting them.
Individual members of section II may elect to have their opinions remain
Additional or amended By-Laws or policies.
Each section will be governed in accordance with the Advisory Council’s
established policies or by laws, which have been accepted by the Council and
approved by the IAOMC Board. Any section of the policies or by-laws may be
amended by two thirds of the council members or a majority of the IAOMC Board.
submitted for Advisory Council review;
Develop Guidelines for recognition of transfer credits.
There is a variety of distinct types medical schools that train its students to
practice medicine. For example, in the United States there are five basic types
of medical schools; allopathic, osteopathic, chiropractic, podiatric and
naturopathic. In addition there are schools of nursing providing several levels
of patient care. Physician assistant schools train their students to be an
auxiliary to a physician. Medical courses are available to train students in a
limited capacity in schools in allied health sciences. Of course the courses
vary greatly in scope, objectives, class hours, and concurrent labs. When
students transfer there should be an evaluation of the transcript from the prior
institution. Courses are evaluated and credits awarded for training that is
comparable to the training in the new school. Regulatory or licensing agencies
recognized this was unquestioned standard practice. Acceptance of credits for
courses provided at another institution was clearly within the academic
prerogatives of the official assigned.
However, in the early 1980’s regulatory licensing authorities discovered a
bribery scheme. Medical students were being awarded credits for courses that
were clearly unwarranted. Today, some newer schools websites seem to suggest
violations to a bona fide application of academic discretion have returned.
Regulatory agencies have requested IAOMC development guidelines to help define
the circumstance when transfer credits may validly be denied or recognized.