Role of medical education in addressing the current health challenges
Other TitlesReport of the regional meeting, Bangkok, Thailand, 13-15 June 2012
AbstractCountries in the South-East Asia Region are confronted with numerous health challenges. In order to appropriately address these challenges, the national health systems need to be strengthened based on primary health care with a good balance between public health services and medical care. The medical schools must equip their graduates with the required competencies to effectively support health systems strengthening in both medical and public health care. However, a rapid assessment of the responses of medical schools to the current health challenges in the South-East Asia Region conducted in early 2012 reveals that with few exceptions, in most countries, these health challenges are largely inadequately addressed with limited innovative approaches for effective learning in undergraduate medical education. Special efforts are, therefore, needed to ensure that medical schools produce medical doctors who have clinical and public health competencies as well as other broader competencies to meet the needs of the health systems. The WHO Regional Office organized a regional meeting on the role of medical education to address the current health challenges on 1315 June 2012 at Bangkok, Thailand. The purpose of this meeting was to determine how strengthen undergraduate medical education to equip medical graduates to effectively address the health challenges in the Region. There were altogether 72 participants from all 11 Member countries of the WHO South-East Asia Region, and regional HRH-related networks in the meeting. This publication contains an account of the deliberations and the recommendations made.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2013). Role of medical education in addressing the current health challenges. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/206335