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Global South Shows the Way in Medical Education

Posted by plosmedicine on 30 Mar 2009 at 23:51 GMT

Author: 'Gail' 'Reed'
Position: Editor
Institution: MEDICC Review
Submitted Date: February 26, 2006
Published Date: March 1, 2006
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Bravo on your editorial highlighting the need for medical school curricula to be relevant to local health care requirements, thereby coming one step closer to graduating doctors more relevant to improving population health status. Examples from Sri Lanka are joined by problem-baed, community-oriented, integrated teaching at centers such as the Walter Sisulu University in South Africa's Eastern Cape and the Latin American Medical School in Havana. These are all institutions where political will to transform the health picture has prompted investment and profound changes in curriculum design--and also resulted in the recognition that a paradigm shift is needed in what it means to be a doctor. That may be the biggest challenge of all in this market-driven world.

Competing interests declared: I declare that I have no competing interests.