Founded in 1943, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) represents Canada's 17 faculties of medicine and is the voice of academic medicine in this country. Our member faculties graduate over 2,700 MDs per year; teach over 11,500 undergraduate medical students; train over 15,000 postgraduate trainees; employ nearly 48,000 full and part-time faculty members and undertake over 3 billion dollars of biomedical and health care research annually.
AFMC has several committees and groups that provide guidance on continuing, postgraduate, and undergraduate medical education, and provide national engagement on a wide range of issues relating to our social accountability mandate such as diversity in our medical schools, global health, professionalism, and student affairs. This focus on social accountability reflects AFMC's firm commitment to the World Health Organization's statement that “[Medical schools have] the obligation to direct their education, research and service activities towards addressing the priority health concerns of the community, region, and/or nation they have a mandate to serve. The priority health concerns are to be identified jointly by governments, health care organizations, health professionals and the public".
AFMC is a registered charity that works to represent and support the mandates of our medical faculties – research, medical education and clinical care. Our advocacy initiatives are tailored to keeping these issues high on the federal government's agenda and ensure that Canada's faculties of medicine serve as important resources to decision-makers in this country.
Representatives from the AFMC and CMA, along with students and public representatives are members of the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) which accredit the MD program in all 17 faculties of medicine in Canada. Additionally, AFMC, through the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education, also participates in the accreditation of the offices of Continuing Medical Education at all Canadian faculties of medicine.
The Canadian Post-M.D. Education Registry (CAPER) and the AFMC’s Data and Analysis division house the nation's largest collection of data on medical education. They support Canada's faculties of medicine, academic researchers and policy-makers by publishing timely annual statistics on medical education which include information on medical school applicants and students, residents and fellows, international medical graduates, faculty members, graduate students as well as biomedical and healthcare research revenues. Often collaborating with regulatory authorities, certification and licensing bodies, governments and other health human resources stakeholders, CAPER and AFMC’s Data and Analysis team support numerous research initiatives by contributing expertise and customized data requests.
Since 2005, AFMC has also served as the secretariat for the Canadian Conference on Medical Education, delivered through a partnership between the AFMC, the Canadian Association for Medical Education, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Medical Council of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. This conference is the largest annual gathering of medical educators in the country, and is an exceptional venue for our faculties and stakeholders to share experiences and plan new ways to better meet the needs of Canadians through our respective mandates.