Accreditation. A foreign graduate medical school must -
(1) Be approved by an accrediting body -
(i) That is legally authorized to evaluate the quality of graduate medical school educational programs and facilities in the country where the school is located; and
(ii) Whose standards of accreditation of graduate medical schools have been evaluated by the NCFMEA or its successor committee of medical experts and have been determined to be comparable to standards of accreditation applied to medical schools in the United States; or
(2) Be a public or private nonprofit educational institution that satisfies the requirements in § 600.4(a)(5)(i).


34 CFR § 600.55

Scoping language

(1) The Secretary considers a foreign graduate medical school to be eligible to apply to participate in the title IV, HEA programs if, in addition to satisfying the criteria of this part (except the criterion in § 600.54 that the institution be public or private nonprofit), the school satisfies the criteria of this section.
(2) A foreign graduate medical school must provide, and in the normal course require its students to complete, a program of clinical training and classroom medical instruction of not less than 32 months in length, that is supervised closely by members of the school's faculty and that -
(i) Is provided in facilities adequately equipped and staffed to afford students comprehensive clinical training and classroom medical instruction;
(ii) Is approved by all medical licensing boards and evaluating bodies whose views are considered relevant by the Secretary; and
(iii) As part of its clinical training, does not offer more than two electives consisting of no more than eight weeks per student at a site located in a foreign country other than the country in which the main campus is located or in the United States, unless that location is included in the accreditation of a medical program accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
(3) A foreign graduate medical school must appoint for the program described in paragraph (a)(2) of this section only those faculty members whose academic credentials are the equivalent of credentials required of faculty members teaching the same or similar courses at medical schools in the United States.
(4) A foreign graduate medical school must have graduated classes during each of the two twelve-month periods immediately preceding the date the Secretary receives the school's request for an eligibility determination.

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