Committee on the Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS)
The Committee on the Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) ensures that Canadian medical faculties’ MD programs meet the quality expected when producing tomorrow’s doctors. Medical schools demonstrating compliance are afforded accreditation, a necessary condition for a program’s graduates to be licensed as physicians.
CACMS came into formal existence in 1979 as a joint effort of the then-Association of Canadian Medical Schools (ACMC) and the Canadian Medical Association. From 1965-2015, the ACMC (now the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada) worked with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in the United States in the accreditation process for Canadian MD programs. Since July 2015, Canadian medical schools are accredited solely by the CACMS.
Accreditation Status of the Faculty of Medicine Doctor of Medicine (MD) Undergraduate Program
The MD undergraduate program is fully accredited. The next full accreditation survey will occur in 2030.
PGME Program Accreditation
The Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University offers twenty postgraduate medical education programs leading to a certification either through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).
The next opportunity for a full external accreditation review process will be in 2024.
All Memorial’s postgraduate training programs are fully accredited. The following interim reviews will take place outside of the scheduled external process:
- Pediatrics (currently on Notice of Intent to Withdraw Accreditation) will undergo an external review in November, 2022.
- General Internal Medicine will undergo an external review in November, 2022.
- Obstetrics and Gynecology will submit an Action Plan Outcomes Report (APOR) on November 30, 2022.
- Anatomical Pathology will undergo an external review in November, 2023.
- Geriatric Psychiatry will undergo an external review mandated for new programs in May, 2023.
- Office of Professional and Educational Development Accreditation
The Office of Professional and Educational Development (OPED) is a university-accredited provider of continuing medical education (CME)/continuing professional development (CPD) as designated by the Committee on the Accreditation for Continuing Medical Education (CACME). Such designation allows OPED to accredit Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) CME/CPD activities by following accreditation guidelines set forth by the two colleges.
On Nov. 15, 2017 Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) voted to continue accreditation of OPED for an eight-year term.