International Institute of
Medical Education (IIME)
The Institute for International Medical Education
is a newly established institution entrusted with the development
of "global minimum essential (core) requirements"
to be required by physicians throughout the world, as well as
the task of collecting global information on different aspects
of education of the medical profession. After testing these
"essentials" in a few leading medical schools, they
will be offered to the academic community as a tool to secure
a quality of physicians' education worldwide. They can also
serve for international evaluation and recognition of quality
medical education programs. Three committees composed of medical
experts from around the globe supervise the work of IIME: the
Core Committee, the Steering Committee and the Advisory Committee.
Our offices are located in suburban White Plains, New York.
On June 9, 1999, the Board of Trustees of China Medical Board
of New York decided to establish an institute that would deal
with the global issues of medical education. The China Medical
Board began its operations in 1914 as a division of The Rockefeller
Foundation. In 1928, the China Medical Board of New York, Inc.
has functioned as an independent foundation. The Board has devoted
its funds largely to supporting health personnel and in particular
medical education in China and in several East and Southeast
Different multilateral agreements are broadly opening doors
to global mobility and are encouraging the development of common
educational standards, mutual recognition of diplomas and liberalization
of processes by which professionals are allowed to practice.
Although the medical curriculum is astonishingly consistent
throughout the world, there are no common content standards
or essential requirements to be used worldwide. Therefore, essential
requirements and standards in medical education of universal
relevance are not only realistic but also urgently needed. They
should include the sciences that are basic to medicine, clinical
experiences, knowledge, skills, competencies and ethical values.
These are the core elements of the training of physicians and
are fundamental to the practice of health care worldwide. These
essential requirements to be embedded in medical curriculum
represent only a portion of the educational content of the medical
curriculum, since each country, region and medical school has
unique needs that the educational curriculum should address,
such as socioeconomic factors or a particular country's cultural