Global Health Education for Tomorrow's Doctors
A one-day conference organised by the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME), with support from the Sustainable Healthcare Education Network.
The GMC has included a new learning outcome in Tomorrow's Doctors 2009: Discuss from a global perspective the determinants of health and disease and variations in health care delivery and medical practice. Most UK schools offer optional modules in this area but how it is addressed in the core curriculum is more variable. Medical student electives involve a high proportion of students leaving the UK to gain experience in other countries. There is longstanding concern about how well they are prepared for this and whether there is potential harm to both the students and their hosts. Doctors in training in the UK will encounter patients from many countries with varied cultures and disease patterns and work alongside colleagues whose basic professional education was completed in very different health care systems. This conference will give participants the opportunity to debate their understanding of global health education and how best to meet the key learning outcomes in their teaching.
The SHE Network is represented on the organising group and sustainability will be among the major themes of the conference.