Social accountability of medical schools. T he primary goal of undergraduate medical education (UME) : to create a doctor who is broadly educated across the key competencies of medicine and who has the knowledge and clinical skills to enter graduate training.
In traditional fragmented and highly specialized clinical environments in which medical student education competes with:
Over the years, the WHO and other organizations have advocated that doctors consciously adopt new roles to become more active in health development, particularly through primary health care
However, too few medical schools have acted to recast their educational programs accordingly
Definition of Social accountability of medical schools
What major initiatives should a medical school take to be recognized as “socially accountable”?
A number of innovative medical education programs, building on social accountability principles, have been established to address priority health needs of their communities and health systems
Networking Innovative Socially Accountable Medical Education Programs
In 2007, the Global Health Education Consortium (GHEC) received funding to facilitate the development of a network of socially accountable medical schools whose express mandate is to train physicians for addressing health needs in resource-constrained settings.
It is a global network of socially accountable schools sharing a core commitment to achieving equity in health care and health outcomes through quality education, service and action-oriented research responsive to the needs ofcommunities and health care systems.
rationale behind community-oriented medical education (Habbick & Leeder) :
Collectively, THE net enables sharing, peer support and collaboration while working with stakeholders to develop and disseminate evidence, challenge assumptions, set standards and promote socially accountable medical education