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November 11, 1968

The Health Team Approach to Medical Education

Author Affiliations

From the Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

JAMA. 1968;206(7):1554-1557. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150070092018

In this communication, I cannot discuss a fully formed and fully functioning system of educating all of the health professions together; however, I can relate some of the circumstances under which such an approach seemed feasible, discuss the general areas in which interprofessional education can be successfully instituted, and can say much about the problems that are associated with attempting to set up a health sciences center.

It will be necessary for me to give a short description of the background of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of British Columbia in order that the situation which exists at the present time will be understood. Ours is a very young medical school, having started in 1950 in a young university in which there were no other health professional schools except the School of Nursing. The medical school was started under very much less than ideal circumstances, with temporary buildings