Health professionals for a new century: transforming education to strengthen health systems in an interdependent world
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AuthorFrenk, Julio; Chen, Lincoln; Bhutta, Zulfiqar Ahmed; Cohen, Jordan; Crisp, Nigel; Evans, Timothy; Vernon Fineberg, Harvey; Garcia, Patricia; Ke, Yang; Kelley, Patrick; Kistnasamy, Barry; Meleis, Afaf; Naylor, David; Pablos-Mendez, Ariel; Reddy, Srinath; Scrimshaw, Susan; Sepulveda, Jaime; Serwadda, David; Zurayk, Huda
100 years ago, a series of studies about the education of health professionals, led by the 1910 Flexner report, sparked groundbreaking reforms. Through integration of modern science into the curricula at university-based schools, the reforms equipped health professionals with the knowledge that contributed to the doubling of life span during the 20th century. By the beginning of the 21st century, however, all is not well. Glaring gaps and inequities in health persist both within and between countries, underscoring our collective failure to share the dramatic health advances equitably. At the same time, fresh health challenges loom. New infectious, environmental, and behavioural risks, at a time of rapid demographic and epidemiological transitions, threaten health security of all. Health systems worldwide are struggling to keep up, as they become more complex and costly, placing additional demands on health workers.
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