[Last update: June 27, 2023]
Intealth is a private nonprofit organization that brings together the expertise and resources to advance quality in health care education worldwide in order to improve health care for all. Through strategic integration of its divisions, ECFMG and FAIMER, Intealth offers a flexible and multi‐layered portfolio of services. These services enhance and support the education and training of health care professionals, verify their qualifications required to practice, and inform the development of health workforce policies around the world.
Established in 2021 by ECFMG and FAIMER as their new identity, Intealth marks the success of a multi-year business transformation effort to integrate their operations in order to enhance their support of the health professions worldwide. This strategic transformation ensures our continued growth and ability to meet the needs of physicians and other health professionals, the medical education and regulatory communities, researchers and policy makers, and the public.
In 2023, Intealth reached a new milestone in its transformation efforts when it transitioned from an overarching identity to a private nonprofit organization. ECFMG and FAIMER now operate as divisions of Intealth, and their portfolios of programs and services continue to thrive and grow as part of the Intealth organization.
Intealth provides an integrated and meaningful structure to support our continued growth and diversification.
William Pinsky, MD, FAAP, FACC
By leveraging the combined competencies of its divisions, Intealth powers innovation in areas critical to the health professions.
ECFMG Certification assures the readiness of international medical graduates (IMGs) to enter graduate medical education (GME) in the United States, where IMGs comprise 25% of the physician workforce and are essential to accessible, high-quality health care. When the USMLE® program suspended its Step 2 Clinical Skills exam in early 2020, subject matter experts at ECFMG and FAIMER combined their efforts to develop the Pathways —a robust and innovative solution for continuing to assure that IMGs entering the U.S. health care system have appropriate clinical and communication skills. Now in their fourth year, the Pathways ensure that ECFMG’s program of certification continues to perform its vital functions and its service to the U.S. public and the GME community.
Announced in 2010, ECFMG’s medical school accreditation initiative is designed to stimulate international accreditation efforts and to enhance the quality of medical education worldwide. In the years following this announcement, ECFMG and FAIMER experts have collaborated to support the development and implementation of global standards for evaluating undergraduate medical education. The success of this initiative to date is providing greater assurance to both medical students and the public that physicians will be appropriately trained. As divisions of Intealth, ECFMG and FAIMER are well-positioned to pursue such initiatives and a common vision to be the trusted global authority on health care education.
Advancing the Quality of Medical Education Worldwide , Journal of Medical Regulation, December 2019
Study Links Performance on USMLE Exams to Medical School Accreditation Status , BMC Medical Education, January 2022
Intealth and its divisions, ECFMG and FAIMER, comprise a vibrant and growing resource for stakeholders worldwide. To learn more, request a speaker, or discuss opportunities for collaboration, please contact Intealth CEO William Pinsky, MD at CEO@intealth.org.
[Last update: June 27, 2023]