424 Educating Health Professionals In An Interdependent World: Debating The Implications For Family Practice

Berlin A
United Kingdom
There are increasing interconnections and interdependence between health professionals within and between nations. In parallel there are calls for greater social accountability by academic training organisation. These trends have important implications for the education and health systems in which primary care and family practice play a key role globally. This workshop aims to initiate a stimulating international discussion and debate on these seminal issues of relevance to all family practitioners . The workshop discussion will be informed by brief overviews of the two aspirational documents published In 2010 to mark the centenary of the Flexner report, 1.”Health professionals for a new century: transforming education to strengthen health systems in an interdependent world (Lancet, Frenk, Chen et al) offers a detailed analysis and offers a big vision for transformational and transdisciplinary education systems in synergy with comprehensive health systems. The ambitious scope is welcome and a thorough reading raises many questions not least because of the rather limited role afforded to primary care observing that it has stalled on a global scale in terms of the Alma Ata goals and casting it as a subordinate to more technical specialised care rather than an essential partner providing locally adapted and cost- effective, patient-centred care across a spectrum of interventions in increasingly diverse and ageing populations. 2. "Global Consensus for Social Accountability of Medical Schools" which, highlighting required improvements Respond to current and future health needs and challenges in society and Reorient their education, research and service priorities accordingly
Educating health professionals in an interdependent world: debating the implications for family practice