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.
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Led by Dr. Jo Ivey Bouford and Prof. Lai-Meng Looi, the InterAcademy Medical Panel— a global organization that includes 71 national medical academies and science academies as members—has continued to actively “disseminate, discuss and assess for local relevance the conclusions and recommendations of the Commission report.”
The eight member academies selected to hold workshops in their countries have held those workshops, and three countries— South Africa, Nigeria and Sri Lanka—are following up with further activities as part of the project. Also, the IAMP funded three faculty from American University of Beirut (UAB) in Lebanon to attend a conference pertinent to their effort to develop an interprofessional education course for students in medicine, nursing and public health. They attended the 2012 Interprofessional Education Institute on Designing an Interprofessional Curriculum/ Planning, Strategies and Successes on 14-17 October 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
The U.S. Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education workshop held the second of its two-part series focusing on interprofessional education (IPE) in Washington, D.C. on 29-30 November 2012. Called "Educating for Practice: Learning how to improve health from interprofessional models across the continuum of education to practice," the workshop involved the now 60 members of the Global Forum as well as 60 other speakers, discussants and general participants, in addition to those who participated through Skype or webcasting. Updates were also presented by the Global Forum's four Innovation Collaboratives.