COVID-19 fosters social accountability in medical education

Richard Murray, Fortunato Cristobal, Shrijana Shrestha, Filedito D. Tandinco, Jan M. De Maeseneer, Sarita Verma, Shafik Dharamsi, Sara Willems, Arthur Kaufman, Björg Pálsdóttir, Andre Jacques Neusy, Sarah Larkins

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The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted embedded inequities and fragmentation in our health systems. Traditionally, structural issues with health professional education perpetuate these. COVID-19 has highlighted inequities, but may also be a disruptor, allowing positive responses and system redesign. Examples from health professional schools in high and low-and middle-income countries illustrate pro-equity interventions of current relevance. We recommend that health professional schools and planners consider educational redesign to produce a health workforce well equipped to respond to pandemics and meet future need.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalRural and remote health
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2022


  • COVID-19
  • Community-based education
  • medical education
  • primary health care
  • social accountability
  • social mission


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