Osteopathic medical education and social accountability

Robyn Phillips-Madson, Shafik Dharamsi

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The public’s trust in physicians continues to decline. As a way to begin regaining this trust, stakeholders, including physicians, medical educators, patient advocacy groups, and community-based organizations, have called for medical education to meet societal health needs, particularly the needs of those members who are most vulnerable, by incorporating social accountability into the medical school curriculum. The unique attributes of the osteopathic medical profession provide an enabling and conducive environment for broader social accountability in the health care system. Osteopathic medical schools must actively safeguard the profession’s unequivocal commitment to producing healers that are fiduciaries for their patients, communities, and populations at large.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-206
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Osteopathic Association
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2016


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