World Federation for Medical Education: Appropriateness of Basic Medical Education standards in Pakistan
Appropriateness of WFME-BME Standards
Objective: To explore the appropriateness of WFME Basic Medical Education (BME) standards to Pakistani context.
Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional survey of faculty, graduates and students of five Masters’ in Health Professions Education programmes was carried out from Jul-Dec 2017. Participants were asked to rate the appropriateness of WFME-BME basic standards to Pakistani context on a fourpoint Likert scale (Strongly Disagree through to Strongly Agree). They were also asked for additional comments, if any. Descriptive statistics were carried out for quantitative data, while content analysis for qualitative data.
Results: A total of 127/200 participants responded (63.5%). For all major areas (106 standards), 97.7% responses (n=13,149) were positive while only 2.3% (n=313) were negative. Ninety-six standards got more than 95% positive response while only 10 standards in three major areas got more than five percent negative response. These include five standards from major area Mission and Outcomes, one from Educational Programme and four from Students.
Conclusions: This is the first study exploring the appropriateness of WFME-BME standards for accreditation in Pakistan. We found that all the areas, sub-areas and standards are largely appropriate. We recommend further deliberation on 10 standards with more than five percent negative responses, regarding their contextualization to Pakistan and the development of guidelines and possible reconsiderations in WFME future revisions.
How to cite this:
Wajid G, Sethi A, Khan RA, Aamir HS. World Federation for Medical Education: Appropriateness of Basic Medical Education standards in Pakistan. Pak J Med Sci. 2019;35(5):1185-1191. doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.35.5.882
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