Editorials

Academic medicine and global health responsibilities

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7469.752 (Published 30 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:752
  1. Nelson Sewankambo, dean (sewankam@infocom.co.ug)
  1. Makerere University Medical School, Makerere, Uganda

    Academic medicine can contribute in four ways

    The launch of the campaign by the BMJ and a range of partners to revitalize academic medicine1 is extremely welcome at this time when the effects of globalisation on health (and vice versa) are being felt more than ever. In my seven years as dean of the progressive Makerere University Medical School I have seen the faculty become increasingly disillusioned about the prospects of a career in medicine. National and global pressures have reduced available resources considerably, making it much harder for the medical school to support the different pillars of academic medicine. We must champion excellent scholarship in academic medicine—the discovery of knowledge, the practice of teaching, and the integration and application of knowledge2—while ensuring that the needs and interests of Uganda's communities are adequately served.

    Academic medicine must show that, in its pursuit of the different aspects of scholarship, its relevance to society's needs is still of paramount importance. This is vital if …

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