Global Consensus for Social Accountability of Medical Schools

Article via Global Consensus for Social Accountability of Medical Schools

The beginning of the 20th century presented medical schools with unprecedented challenges to become more scientific and effective in the training of physicians.


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Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 10 seconds. Contains 234 words

CEFR Level: C1

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Global Consensus for Social Accountability of Medical Schools

The beginning of the 20th century presented medical schools with unprecedented challenges to become more scientific and effective in the training of physicians. This was captured in the Flexner report of 1910. The 21st Century presents medical schools with a different set of challenges: improving quality, equity, relevance and effectiveness in health care delivery; reducing the mismatch with societal priorities; redefining roles of health professionals; and providing evidence of impact on people’s heath status.

Verb pattern: “Present sb with sth to become + adj.”

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To address those challenges, 130 organizations and individuals from around the world with responsibility for health education, professional regulation and policy-making participated for eight months in a three-round Delphi process leading to a three-day facilitated consensus development conference.

The Consensus consists of ten strategic directions for medical schools to become socially accountable, highlighting required improvements to:

Verb: “accountable” ~ “answerable (to) sb.” See: “to be held accountable (for) + action”

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• Respond to current and future health needs and challenges in society
Reorient their education, research and service priorities accordingly
• Strengthen governance and partnerships with other stakeholders
• Use evaluation and accreditation to assess performance and impact

It recommends synergy among existing networks and organizations to move the consensus into action at global level, with a number of tasks:

Advocacy to recognize the value of the global consensus
Consultancy to adapt and implement it in different contexts
Research to design standards reflecting social accountability
Global coordination to share experiences and support

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A century after Flexner’s report, the global consensus on social accountability of medical schools is a charted landmark for future medical education worldwide.


Vocabulary List

EN WORD TYPE SP EXAMPLE
PHYSICIANS NOUN (PERSON) médico – doctor – facultativo – clínico  – doctora A radiologist will analyze the images and providea report to your physician.
EQUITY NOUN equidad, capital What impact dothey have on social equity and economic development?
RELEVANCE NOUN pertinencia, importancia, interés, relación Hence the relevance of the saying “prevention is better than cure”.
DELIVERY NOUN entrega, prestación, suministro, ejecución The new exhaust and engine make for optimal power delivery.
MISMATCH NOUN  – It is clear that there is a mismatch between people’s wishes and the reality.
SOCIETAL ADJ.  – It enhances societal awareness of hazards, risk and risk reduction.
REDEFINING VERB (GERUND)  – We must start by redefining a European project that can break free of the dictates of the market.
HEALTH NOUN  – The health care provider may tell you to stop taking certain drugs that could affect the test.
STATUS NOUN  –  The granting of that rightshall not affect their status as frontier workers.
REGULATION NOUN  – The document addresses the regulation of access to the market of port services.
PARTICIPATION NOUN  – Women’s participation in sport has steadily increased since then, even though it could and should develop more quickly today.
FACILITATE VERB  – To facilitate the elaboration of the case study, the following structure is recommended
CONSISTS (OF) verb, intransitive phrasal  – El equipo básico consiste en una caja de recursos de material para educación deportiva y recreativa destinada a unos 80 a 160 niños.
STRATEGIC ADJ.  – Africa needs to build strategic partnerships at national level and find its place in the global market of ideas.
SOCIALLY ADJ.  – Is it socially acceptable to saddle young people today with the burden of our system that has become unaffordable?
ACCOUNTABLE ADJ.  – What is missing from this list is corporate social responsibility, forwhich businesses themselves should be accountable.
HIGHLIGHTING verb + gerund  – In addition, textualcomments are given highlighting some important aspects of the work in the reporting year.
PRIORITIES NOUN  – At the sametime, the traditional priorities continue to require as much spending as before.
ACCORDINGLY ADVERB  – Accordingly, no regular budget resources have been sought.
GOVERNANCE NOUN  – Since its appearance, it was clear that the traditional instruments and models of governance would be inadequate.
PARTNERSHIPS NOUN  – This is not the kind of behaviour that we expect when working in a partnership.
STAKEHOLDERS NOUN  – However, stakeholder acceptance is still important.
EVALUATION NOUN  – The plan for evaluation should be practical and cost effective.
ACCREDITATION NOUN  – It is also worth noting that accreditation is not the same as certification.
SYNERGY NOUN  – The synergy between the three levels contributes to the effectiveness of the overall effort and the achievement of the Goals.
ADAPT VERB  – We can adapt models that have worked in other countries but also learn from mistakes made.
IMPLEMENT VERB  – The moment has come to design and implement concrete communication programmes in the field of development.
CONTEXTS NOUN  – Experiences and practices in other relevant countries and contexts have been reviewed for a comparative purpose.
LANDMARK ADJECTIVE/NOUN  – We are proud of this landmark in the history of our democracy.
WORLDWIDE NOUN  – Worldwide, wind power generation grew on average by more than 24 per cent per year.
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