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An Overview of TMAC

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  • Source:Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan
  • Editor:carol

The origin of establishing TMAC was due to the determination of Taiwan Medical Education Accreditation Mechanism as “Non-comparable” in the year of 1998 by the “National Committee on Foreign Medical Education & Accreditation” (NCFMEA) of the United States Department of Education which result in the Ministry of Education and the Conference of the Deans of Medical Colleges in Taiwan reached into consensus to establish TMAC in 2000 temporarily within the National Health Research Institutes with the efforts and devotion of Professor Huang Kun-yen and 10 medical education experts/scholars who were very dedicated to the medical education, the site visit of medical education program initiated in 2001. Then TMAC was transferred to HEEACT on December 26, 2005, although it maintains complete autonomy in its operations.   

The purpose of TMAC is to bring and maintain excellence in medical education at all thirteen medical schools in Taiwan so that they conform to the standard of outstanding medical schools worldwide through accreditation and continuous reform to bring forth caring physicians to serve the society of Taiwan.  To fulfill the above mission, TMAC comprises the following aims:

  1. To formulate, periodically review and revise accreditation standards, develop systems of accreditation review, conduct survey visits, and grant accreditation status to the medical education programs and post-baccalaureate medical programs.
  2. To assure quality improvements of medical education in Taiwan.
  3. To maintain exchanges and partnerships with medical education accreditation agencies worldwide.
  4. To promote other activities related to medical education.

TMAC is composed of fifteen members, one of whom is elected by the other members to serve as the Chairperson responsible for convening and chairing all TMAC meetings.  TMAC also installs an executive officer who shall be nominated by the chairperson and gaining approval from the committee. Council members should be fully versed and experienced in medical education, possess a far-sighted vision and an unbiased stance, and is capable of making a fair and just assessment of all medical schools.  They can either be non-medical experts, e.g. scholars in basic medical sciences or humanities, scholars specializing in pedagogy or educational psychology, or scholars passionately engaged with issues of medical education and social welfare.  Council members serve a three-year tenure, and a new council should be reorganized with no less than one-third of the seats replaced by new members selected by a selection committee which comprise five members from TMAC and the Conference of the Deans of the Medical Colleges in Taiwan.  TMAC office installs two coordinators to assist the Chairman and Executive Director in the planning of conduction of accreditation, the handling of administrative work, the arrangement of on-site visits, and communication with the outside community and international medical education and accrediting organizations.