ERIC Number: ED354821
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Changing Medical Education: An Agenda for Action.
World Health Organization, Geneva (Switzerland).
This paper presents an agenda for worldwide change in medical education to meet current and future requirements of society. The first of four sections offers the central arguments for change in medical education noting global patterns in the search for better use of resources for health care, describing a profound shift underway in the present image and future role of physicians, and the challenges of implementing the necessary changes in medical higher education. The second section outlines the paper's agenda for change which consists of three components: (1) setting standards and developing tools for assessment; (2) strategies for change; and (3) follow-up through worldwide monitoring. This section also argues that change calls for an awareness of the need for change, providing support for those who experience behavioral change and fostering a sense of solidarity among those involved in similar change dynamics. A third section looks at why this agenda must be a global one and describes a proposed partnership in action for implementation of the agenda's components. The final section proposes a tentative plan for changing medical education including a 5-year projection and budget estimates. This section also includes a partnership profile survey to be completed by institutions participating in the agenda. (JB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: World Health Organization, Geneva (Switzerland).