Strengthening governance for global health research

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7292.995 (Published 21 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:995

Improved undergraduate and postgraduate training may raise awareness

  1. Sarah Finer (s.finer@ucl.ac.uk), fourth year medical student
  1. Royal Free and University College Medical School, London WC1E 6BT
  2. Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash Medical School, Alfred Hospital, Prahran, VIC 3181, Australia

    EDITOR—Globalisation, as mentioned in the article by Lee and Mills,1 is gaining increasing relevance to medical practice in the developed and developing world. But it is an issue barely covered in undergraduate medical curriculums. British medical students, through the Medical Students' International Network (http://www.medsin.org/), are trying to redress this balance by increasing the awareness of humanitarian issues and inequalities in health locally and globally. Through community based projects—for example, working with local asylum seekers—students are introduced to the concept that global health begins on their doorstep. Through collaboration with international counterpart organisations, medical students can learn the true nature of the diseases affecting large proportions of humanity, which, as Lee and Mills describe, are given little global attention. The medical students of …

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