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Bases of Person Centered Medical Education to Enhance Health Systems Worldwide

James Appleyard, Michel Botbol, Fernando Caballero, Tesfamicael Ghebrehiwet, Juan E. Mezzich Juan E. Mezzich Juan E. Mezzich, Juan Perez-Miranda, Roger Ruiz-Moral, Ihsan M Salloum, Jon Snaedal, Wim Leberghe


Medicine is at the heart of healthcare. Healthcare systems have contributed to increasing the life expectancy and the wellbeing of millions of people worldwide during the 20th century [1] and they represent an asset of utmost importance in achieving fairness in accessing health-related prevention, promotion and recovery from illness [2]. Thus one of the driving purposes of medical education must be to enhance the performance of health systems for meeting the needs of patients and populations in an equitable and efficient way. A crucial factor in this endeavor will be the successful adaptation of professional education for local and national leadership in workforce teams that are capable of extending reach to all people. The purpose of this paper is to explore a deeper understanding that a person centered approach is essential as to how this can be achieved.

Health is about people. The goal of physicians and all health professionals, irrespective of nationality and specialty is to share a common global vision for the future. [3] In this, all health professionals in all countries should be educated to gather knowledge, and to engage in critical reasoning and practice to high ethical standards so that they are competent to participate in person-centered and people-centered health systems as members of locally responsive and globally connected teams. The ultimate vision must be to assure universal coverage of high-quality comprehensive services that are essential to advancing opportunity for health equity within and between countries [4]. The aspiration for better health commonly shared will resonate with aspiring young professionals who seek value and meaning in their work.


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