Accreditation provides a mechanism to ensure that a given school meets certain prescribed standards in the provision of its program of medical education. The standards, outlined in Standards and Elements have been developed and accepted by medical educators, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The standards are applied to all medical schools in the United States and Canada.
Accreditation fosters an institutional reflection and evaluation of ongoing activities within the Faculty of Medicine. This process allows the institution to review its strengths and weaknesses and to suggest important recommendations to help it achieve its goals. This process can ultimately help the Faculty further define and revise its strategic plan, and shape its direction in the short and long-term.