Medical education in low- and middle-income countries needs to be drastically transformed with regard to scaling it up. This is the argument presented by Francesca Celletti from the WHO, Geneva, Switzerland and colleagues in this week's PLoS Medicine.
Such a transformative approach would require inter-sectoral engagement to determine how students are recruited, educated, and deployed and would assign greater value to the impact on population health outcomes as one of the criteria used for measuring excellence in educational initiatives.
AdvertisementThe authors say: "strategies to improve retention and increase student numbers are unlikely to suffice without efforts to also address the fundamental shortcomings in current approaches to medical education...Only via a more symbiotic relationship between medical education and population health will educational reform have the potential to deliver real improvements in health outcomes in the poorest regions of the globe."
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