THE AMERICAN Medical Association (AMA) has participated in the accreditation of educational programs since the first publication of an "ideal standard" for undergraduate medical education in 1905. This report is to inform the House of Delegates of the current status of accreditation activities in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education.
Accreditation is a process by which an academic program or institution voluntarily seeks recognition by an accrediting agency. The accrediting agency establishes valid standards, or Essentials, necessary for the basic quality of an academic program or institution. When requested, the accrediting agency evaluates the program or institution and, if there is substantial compliance with the Essentials, grants accreditation for a specified number of years.
Accreditation as applied to medical education serves several purposes. It encourages improvement in the quality of each level of medical education. Its fundamental purpose is to assure participants in an educational endeavor that the program or
Jacott WE, Potchen EJ, Albers JE, et al. Report on the Accreditation Process. JAMA. 1988;259(7):1058–1059. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03720070058037
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