The effort to reform the education of health professionals globally got a boost with the signing of a sub-contract with the InterAcademy Foundaton of the InterAcademy Medical Panel IAMP in October 2011. Led by Dr. Bernie Jones, the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP) will provide a platform for additional dissemination and adaptation of the Commission report recommendations in regions with especially large numbers of low- and middle-income countries. The IAMP is a global organization based in Trieste, Italy that consists of 71 national medical academies and science academies with membership from all regions of the world. It is closely affiliated with the InterAcademy Panel (IAP), an organization of 104 international academies of science.
In partnership with the Commissioners, IAMP will undertake the following:
• Dissemination and in-country launches. IAMP will compile a mini-launch pack of reports, briefing and presentation material, which will be sent to all IAMP Academy members. All Academies will be asked about their interest and ability to contribute to this project.
• Adaptation of Commission findings to local context – planning grants. IAMP will run a competition for member academies from countries where the report’s launch generated a significant amount of local interest and resonance to organise follow-up activities and discuss how best to implement recommendations of the Commission locally.
• Regional and global networking. Recommendation 9 of the Commission’s report is to "Establish more regional and global consortia, linking together educational institutions through networks, alliances, and consortia worldwide, as well as governments, civil society organizations, businesses and media—in order to overcome faculty shortages and other resource constraints.” Using the local networks of IAMP and IAP member academies, IAMP will establish regional networks and alliances to share experiences and best practice, and support the local and regional implementation of the report’s recommendations.
• Seed funding for implementation (grants for selected priority countries). IAMP will run a small number (no more than 3) of implementation projects in priority countries.