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Who cares about academic medicine?

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 30 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:751
  1. Jocalyn Clark, assistant editor and project manager, academic medicine campaign (,
  2. Peter Tugwell, professor of medicine and leader of the campaign (
  1. BMJ, London WC1H 9JR
  2. Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1N 6N5

    This theme issue provides some answers

    The reaction to the campaign launched by the BMJ and its partners several months ago1 2 suggests that academic medicine needs resuscitation.3 4 But is it worth saving?

    The academic medicine campaign aims to develop a vision and set of recommendations for reforming academic medicine in the 21st century. Driven by an international working party, it gives high priority to incorporating the perspectives of the chief customers of academic medicine—patients, policy makers, and practitioners—through a series of stakeholder and regional consultations. The campaign also supplies an opportunity to question the global relevance, responsibilities, and scope of academic medicine: Who is it for? Why does it matter? How best to invest in its future? Articles in this theme issue (including two from the working party (pp p 787, p 789)) discuss these questions and identify the challenges facing the campaign.5 6


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