In a Lancet editorial, five members of the Youth Commission—formed to advise the global Commission on the Education of Health Professionals for the 21st Century— called for more social accountability in training. They propose fundamental reform rooted in the meaning and purpose of the health professions and outline five steps to better align training with societal needs.
Florian L Stigler, Robbert J Duvivier, Margot Weggemans, Helmut J F Salzer
The report of the Global Commission on Education of Health Professionals for the 21st Century, in The Lancet, 1 calls for a new era of professional education. The production of this report was a tall task, and we applaud the commissioners for taking on such a challenge. Its publication has the potential to profoundly change the way we train future health professionals.
The Lancet, London NW1 7BY, UK
The history of education is not a continuous straight line of progress. Like any discipline, it is marked by periods of extraordinary advance, more or less intelligent reflection, and stultifying stagnation. The history of education among the health professions is no exception. After a century of rapid progress (initiated in the western medical tradition by the 1910 Flexner Report1), consolidation, but more recent ossification, health professionals’ education is poised once again to enter a new epoch of transformation.
November 30, 2010
Samuel O. Thier, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and Health Care Policy Emeritus, Harvard Medical School
Congratulations on a truly bold effort and an imaginative product.
Attempting to transform the education of the health professions is a daunting task. Having that education informed by and responsible to the needs of health systems is an even more daunting task. Your figure 3 illustrates beautifully the relationship between the educational and health systems that you wish to achieve.