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August 17, 1994

First Global Conference on Medical Education

JAMA. 1994;272(7):504-505. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520070016008

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EXTENDING the concerns of medical education beyond the traditional pattern and "onto new terrain of health and social development" was the aim of a first-ever meeting held this summer in Rockford, Ill.

At the Global Conference on International Collaboration on Medical Education and Practice, John H. Bryant, MD, a noted medical educator and chair of the Department of Community Health Sciences at The Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan, discussed the interface between medical education and practice and the health care of populations.

One of Bryant's theses, which he strongly stated and others reiterated, is that training physicians simply to treat individual patients who present in the office or hospital is not going to get the global health care job done anymore. A broader view, which has gained force in the 16 years since it was set forth, is informed by the ethical principles designating health a basic human right embraced

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