The WAMS Executive Council, headed by the President of WAMS, has direct authority on all the units of the Academy. It consists of 54 members who are the most senior fellows of the Academy. The members have the title of "Academy Council Executive" (ACE). Constitutional rules and regulations of the Academy are prepared and decided on by the Executive Council. Admissions to Academy fellowship get the final approval from the Executive Council. Having the supreme authority at the Academy, the Executive Council reviews, discusses, debates and decides on major and determining issues, subjects and matters at the Academy, and it makes the final and conclusive decisions on practical, academic,administrative and constitutional matters and issues. Actions and decisions regarding such matters and issues related to departmental and commissional units of the Academy are also made by the Executive Council.
Academicians are granted international status with the Academy membership (MWAMS) and fellowship (FWAMS) titles which give them all the privileges of intenational protocol and customs exemptions. Most Academicians are distinguished medical professionals and most of them come from academic mediums. To join the Academy, prospective Academicians do not have to be academics. Academy membership and fellowship primarily require personal and professional credentials and qualifications, and certain applicants are required to pass professional proficiency exams. The Executive Council of the Academy and its National Councils in member countries have the authority to waive the exams for the fellowship and membership when necessary.
Academy Membership (MWAMS): Although the membership of the Academy with the entitlement of MWAMS degree, conventionally requires passing the Academy's Grade III Exam, it is common to grant membership to most applicants without the exam because the qualifications and credentials of those applicants are usually more than satisfactory for the exemption. Membership applications are made to National (State) Councils of the Academy. In each member country, the Executive Committee of the National Councildecides whether or not a an applicant must take the exam which is held by the committee.To grant and issue membership to entitled applicants, the Executive Committee of the National Council has the full authority.
Academy Fellowship (FWAMS): This is the highest Academy degree and granted to a limited number of Academy members. It is authorized, granted and issued by the Executive Council of the Academy. Although the title conventionally requires passing the Academy's Grade IV Exam, it is customary to exempt almost all the applicants from the exam since all of them are already distinguished academics who are acclaimed in their fields and spontaneously qualified for the fellowship title.
Academy Professorship: The title of Academy Professorship is granted very selectively and does not require any professional exams. It is authorized, granted and issued by the Academy Faculty. Academy Professors are given highly special national and international academic prerogative, authority, rights and privileges. Nominees are selected from Academy fellows with or without non-academy professorship.
Honorary Academy Membership and Fellowship (HWAMS): These titles are granted highly selectively to people outside medical fields. Holders are people who have made important contributions to international medicine and humanitarian ministration of the world. They are renowed people in their work and professions. Most of them are distinguished scholars and academics in their fields, and many of them are philanthropists. They are known for their work and contribution to humanitarianism and science.
Junior Academy Membership (J-MWAMS): The Academy's junior membership for senior medical students and interns is a formal Academy title, but not functionary academically. A starting academic title as "Junior Academician", it is an important necessary step in the progression to the future senior Academy membership. The junior Academy membership requires passing the Grade I Exam at the Academy. Upon passing the two further steps to full Academy membership, Grade II and Grade III Exams, through certain postgraduate periods of their medical profession, junior Academy members may be granted full Academy membership. A medical student or intern, who is successful enough to become a junior Academy member, has the unique opportunity to have meritorious career progression in international medicine which can well go as far as the title of Academy fellowship.
1. Academy Achievement Awards (AAA): AAA awards are granted to Academicians. They are in four categories:
a. Academy Achievement Award (AAA)
b. High Academy Achievement Award (HAAA)
c. Superior Academy Achievement Awrd (SAAA)
d. Pre-eminent Academy Achievement Awrd (PAAA)
2. WAMS Awards (WAMSA): Nominees for WAMS Awards need not be Academicians. These highly prestigious annual awards are given to three selected nominees in clinical sciences and five in basic medical sciences. Nominees who have made the most important contributions to medicine in their fields and specialties win the awards. The awards include WAMSA ceritificates, WAMSA shields and prize money each of which is €1,000,000. The prize money for teams/groups is shared among the team/group members.
3. WAMS Life Achievement Award (WAMSLA): This is an exclusive award granted in unlimited numbers to veteran Academy fellows who are highly distinguished, acclaimed in their fields and have mede important contributions to international medicine. The award includes the WAMSLA ceritificate and the WAMSLA shield.
4. WAMS Honorary Award (WAMSHA): This is an exclusive award granted in unlimited numbers to people who have made important contributions to international and humanitarian ministration of the world. Winners of the award are distinguished scholars and academics outside medical fields. They are known for their work and contribution to humanitarianism and science. The award includes the WAMSHA ceritificate and the WAMSHA shield.
5. WAMS Institutional Awards (WAMSIA): These awards granted, in unlimited numbers, to the Academy's member institutions, including medical schools and colleges, hospitals, clinics, medical laboratories, medical research laboratories, research institutions and clinical institutions, which have made important contributions to the Academy or to international medicine. Each award includes the WAMSIA ceritificate and the WAMSIA shield as well as a prize money which varies from €1,000,000 to €5,000,000.
6. WAMS Scientific Enterprise Awards (WAMSEA): These awards granted, in unlimited numbers, to pharmaceutical companies and laboratories, biomedical and biotechnology companies and laboratories, etc.institutions, which have made important contributions to the to the science of medicine. Each award includes the WAMSEA ceritificate and the WAMSEA shield as well as a prize money which varies from €1,000,000 to €5,000,000.
7. Academy Encouragement Awards (AEA): These awards granted, in unlimited numbers, to member and non-member senior medical students and interns who have made exceptional achievements during their undergraduate or postgraduate studies. Each award includes AEA ceritificate and the AEA shield as well as a prize money which varies from €10,000 to €50,000.
The Academy's curriculums and training programs are based on a grade system in which certain grade exams must be passed for the qualifications and entitlements to the Academy Titles as well as title promotions and other entitlements and privileges. The exams, completely different from current medical proficiency tests, contain certain types of questions in certain formats whose features and scorings are totally unique and unprecedented in the science of medicine. The exams are prepared to test and evaluate the medical professional knowledge in the most accurate and realistic way the conventional medical proficiency tests are unable to achieve fully. There are four grades of exams. Passing each grade entitles the candidate to the relevant official Academy title and degree with a wide range of Academic privileges.
1. Grade I Exam: This is the junior Academy member grade taken by senior students and interns. Passing the exam gives the candidates the Junior Academy Membership entitling them to become Junior Academy members (Junior Academicians). With the Grade I certificate, junior Academicians also become entitled to take the Grade II Exam after a certain period of time. The Grade I Exam is held twice a year internationally. Each time the exam is held, the top three candidates who draw the highest three scores in the test get awarded with money prizes; the 1st: €15,000, the 2nd: €10,000 and the 3rd €5,000.
2. Grade II Exam: This is the first part of the full Academy membership entitlement exams (Grade II and III). With the Grade II certificate, applicants get entitled to take the Grade III Exam after a certain period of time. The Grade II Exam is held twice a year internationally.
3. Grade III Exam: This is the final part of the Membership entitlement exams (Grade II and III) to earn the full Academy membership. Successful candidates become full members of the Academy with the MWAMS degree and title. With the Grade III certificate, applicants get entitled to take the Grade IV Exam after a certain period of time. The Grade III Exam is held twice a year internationally.
4. Grade IV Exam: This is the highest grade Academy exam which offers the entitlement to Academy fellowship. It is an ultimately difficult test to pass. Its success rate is quite low and applicants must meet some certain requirements before applying for it. Successful candidates become fellows of the Academy with the FWAMS degree and title. The Grade IV Exam is once a year internationally.
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