Medical Council News


Accreditation Visits

The Medical Council is the statutory body responsible for ensuring the quality of medical education in Ireland as well as in medical schools abroad who are affiliated with Irish medical schools and award an Irish degree.  The Council Team’s remit is to assess the programme against the rules, standards, criteria and guidelines approved by Council and to formulate a recommendation on accreditation to the Medical Council’s Professional Development Committee.

Two Medical Council Accreditation Teams, comprising Council Members, Expert External Assessors and members of the Council Executive, recently undertook four accreditation visits to universities in Malaysia which have links with National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG); Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI); University College Cork (UCC) and University College Dublin (UCD).  Thanks are due, in particular, to Ms Aoife Fitzsimons, who worked extremely hard on the logistics associated in organising the visit in its entirety.

Prior to the visits, the Teams reviewed an Accreditation of Medical Programmes – WFME Questionnaire submitted by each of the medical schools.  Each medical school visit comprised meetings with staff, viewing the educational facilities, meetings with students and visiting two clinical training sites associated with each medical school. A total therefore, of four campus visits and eight hospital visits were made.

The cooperation and hospitality of the International Medical University, Perdana University - Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Penang Medical College and Allianze University College of Medical Sciences contributed towards a very constructive engagement. In addition, the feedback of students who met the Teams during the visits provided a valuable insight into medical education in Malaysia.

The Malaysian Medical School accreditations are part of an ongoing programme of accreditation of undergraduate education. As the current cycle draws to a close, an overview will be included in the next Medical Council Newsletter.