Building on Tradition to Promote Excellence in Social Accountability for Health Professions Education at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica

Nov 10, 2019

The Network: TUFH and Social Innovations Partners are thrilled to announce the latest edition, “The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) Social Accountability and Interprofessional Education.” We had the pleasure of again partnering to bring you this special edition featuring global health pioneers working across sectors to improve the quality of life for citizens in ecosystems throughout regions around the world.

In 2019, we see global trends emerging such as an increased focus on social and environmental determinants of health, dramatically rising health care costs, and increasing inequity in health outcomes. Layered with advances in data and information technology, these conditions have become more apparent to the public. We also are seeing a new era of social accountability. Social Accountability and Interprofessional Education have been identified as critical best practices to drive better health outcomes. However, there still exists a gap between systemic implementation and adoption and this blueprint for more equitable, sustainable, and holistic health care. We believe this edition is an important step in moving towards closing this gap to improved health care for all people.

We are excited to feature the talented practitioners of this “Network of Networks” who are building the bridge to the future through the health field and their articles that shed light on a promising path forward to improved health care and outcomes for people across the globe. We hope you too learn from these individuals operating at the cutting edge of global health and incorporate their best practices into your work, ideas, and policies that will help to shape our collective future and make improved care a reality for all people.

The ninth article is

Building on Tradition to Promote Excellence in Social Accountability for Health Professions Education at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica

Social accountability can be nurtured in health professionals’ education by redirecting the tenets of teaching, research, and outreach to address priority needs of the community. This article seeks to address the following question: Due to its great significance, how do students and staff of health professional schools further adapt to the diverse needs of patients, particularly those from rural and under-served areas?

Read the full article here.

Authors

Toni-Ann A. Mundle is a fourth-year medical student at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus. She currently serves as the deputy student leader for Social Accountability and Interprofessionalism. She aspires to be an Obstetrician-Gynecologist and a health policymaker in Jamaica, with special focus on Gender Equity and Transplant Medicine.

Dr. Tomlin Joshua Paul is the Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica. He received his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MB BS) from the University of the West Indies, Mona and did advanced training in Public Health and Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University. He is a Diplomat of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians, UK, and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators, UK. He has a teaching career of more than 30 years at the University of the West Indies, Mona during which he received the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the World Organisation of Family Doctors’ Five Star Award for the North American Region. Dr. Paul is an advocate of social mission in health professions’ education and has been a consultant to the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) in the development of policies and tools to assist training institutions in capacity building for socially accountable programs. He is a past member of the Board of the Caribbean College of Family Physicians and an executive member of the Consortium for the Advancement of Social Accountability in Health Professions’ Education in the Region of the Americas.

Nikolai J. Nunes is a final-year medical student at the University of The West Indies Mona Campus, where he serves as a principal student leader for Social Accountability and Interprofessionalism. He is a future Emergency Medicine physician, and he is a passionate advocate for Universal Health Coverage and Global Health Workforce.


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