"Futuristic medical education"

Young, Louise, and Wilkinson, David (2005) "Futuristic medical education". Medical Journal of Australia, 183 (11/12). pp. 590-591.

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[Extract] Medical education is currently under the spotlight both in Australia and internationally. It is, for example, influencing and being influenced by major global initiatives such as the International Campaign to Revitalise Academic Medicine (a collaboration of medical academics seeking to secure a vibrant future for academic medicine) and the recent Productivity Commission's report on Australia's health workforce, which highlighted the need for more responsive education and training. 1,2 New medical schools are being established, with some seeking to develop innovative programs and access perceived niche markets. 3 Some of these issues were debated at a conference in March 2005 hosted by the Committee of Deans of Australian Medical Schools.

It was against this background that the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland hosted the first Australian National Medical Education Colloquium in August 2005. Innovation, fitness to practise and medical education as a discipline were the themes of the 2-day Colloquium. It brought together over 120 participants from Australian medical schools, who were challenged to consider future directions for medical education. Plenary sessions were delivered by Ron Harden (Director, International Virtual Medical School [IVIMEDS], and former Professor of Medical Education, and Director, Centre for Medical Education, University of Dundee); Thomas Aretz (Director of Education, Harvard Macy Institute, Harvard Medical School); Merrilyn Walton (Associate Professor of Ethical Practice, University of Sydney); and David Prideaux (Professor of Medical Education, Flinders and Griffith Universities). Priority directions for medical education identified by plenary speakers were student-centred learning, adaptive curriculum, teaching innovations, systems approach, academic medicine, fitness to practise, and medical education research.

Item ID: 18397
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1326-5377
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2011 23:55
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