An independent commission of 20 academic leaders from around the world recommended comprehensive reform in the training of healthcare professionals, in a major report published in The Lancet on 4 December 2010. The report called for competency-based curricula, creative use of information technology, transformative learning, and inter-professional teamwork, as well as a systems approach to institutional reforms.
For the following two years, a follow-up dissemination and advocacy initiative was coordinated by the Commission’s co-chairs — Dean Julio Frenk of the Harvard School of Public Health and Dr. Lincoln Chen, president of the China Medical Board.
This website will promote dialogue on future visions of reform in health professional education. It will continue to report on news, views and activities of the Lancet Commission, broadening its scope to include allied activities on educating health professionals for the 21st century.
We will invite Commissioners and guests to communicate about reforms in which they are participating, to share insights, and to spark discussion. We welcome your feedback, suggestions and information on forthcoming events you would like to share with other readers.
The Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) has established itself as one of the premier global health forums for sharing experiences, policy development, and the strengthening of social commitment to global health equity. The theme for 2014 PMAC conference—to be held in Bangkok, Thailand from 27-31 January 2014—is “Transformative Learning for Health Equity.”
The conference was developed around a conceptual framework in the Lancet Commission report, Health Professionals for a New Century: Transforming Health Systems in an Interdependent World. Accordingly, the conference program will be organized using the three components of this framework: the education system, including innovation and technology in health professional learning; the health system; and the labor market and demographic transition, impacting both education and health systems. The two co-chairs of the Lancet Commission—Dean Julio Frenk of the Harvard School of Public Health and Dr. Lincoln Chen, president of the China Medical Board, will be prominent participants as keynote speakers and moderators.
As the China Medical Board approaches its centennial in 2014, it is working collaboratively with its Chinese and international partners to set in motion the next century of improving health professional education, aspiring to ultimately advance health. Dr. Lincoln Chen (pictured here), president of the China Medical Board (CMB), co-chaired the global Lancet Commission that assessed the history and future of medical education worldwide. That Commission report has attracted significant international attention and stimulated efforts in innovation and reform.
The mission of CMB is to advance health quality and equity in China and Southeast Asia in an interdependent world. Working in a spirit of partnership at the forefront of strategic philanthropy, CMB strives to build capacity for advancing innovations in professional education, policy research, and global health.
In China, CMB has supported a China Commission to re-examine China’s education for health professionals in the 21st century. CMB has also spearheaded other global and regional efforts to transform education.
For example, CMB has supported the five-member Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Health Professional Education Reform (5-C Network). Educators and policymakers from Bangladesh, China, India, Thailand and Vietnam have developed a common protocol and tools for their multi-country survey of health professional education. Through their discussions, they have found that while there is growing support for providing universal health coverage in their respective countries, further efforts to develop the human resources for health education and management will be needed to achieve that goal.
Through the American Medical Association’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative, 11 U.S. medical schools will be receiving a total of $11 million over the next five years to pursue innovations aimed at transforming the way future physicians are trained. Bridging the gap between how physicians are being trained and the future needs of the American healthcare system is one of the AMA’s goals.
Project work commenced in September 2013 and will continue at each school site and within an AMA-convened consortium, where schools will share information, collaboratively evaluate outcomes, and widely disseminate successful innovations.
The first AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Conference was held 4-5 October 2013 in Chicago, IL.