Impatience of health professions students for health equity – Can a new definition help?

Author: Joško Miše
Journal of Public Health Policy (2014) 35, 411–413. doi:10.1057/jphp.2014.25; published online 19 June 2014
Special Section Commentaries


The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) is concerned that students are not graduating feeling energized by their social purpose. IFMSA raises a question about the role of the definition of health in limiting the comprehensiveness of the current approach to health and health care in medical and health professions education. IFMSA surveyed medical students about medical curricula. We found that a minority of surveyed students have experienced interdisciplinary teaching, with the lowest exposure in low- and middle-income countries. Medical students are clearly stating their dissatisfaction with the lack of holistic and comprehensive approach to health and health care. Our impatience for contributing to health equity is a virtue in seeking change in curricula and broader collaboration for health.

Keywords: health; health equity; medical education; health education; health care

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