A Global Vision of Reform

Health Professionals for a New Century coverAn independent commission of 20 academic leaders from around the world recommended comprehensive reform in the training of healthcare professionals, in a major report published in The Lancet on 4 December 2010. The report called for competency-based curricula, creative use of information technology, transformative learning, and inter-professional teamwork, as well as a systems approach to institutional reforms.

In the following four years, a follow-up dissemination and advocacy initiative was coordinated by the Commission’s co-chairs — Dean Julio Frenk of the Harvard School of Public Health and Dr. Lincoln Chen, president of the China Medical Board.

As of July 2014 we will no longer be updating this website. There is now real momentum globally as nations and regions begin serious efforts at reforming professional health education as a critical part of achieving health equity. Information about some of these initiatives can be found at:
Harvard School of Public Health
Thailand’s national health personnel reform (2014-2018)
IOM’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education

MEPI’s work in Africa
Global Health Workforce Alliance

WHO Health Workforce

Careum Foundation
TheNet (Training for Health Equity Network) global health-profession schools)