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Five Futures for Academic Medicine

  • Shally Awasthi,
  • Jil Beardmore,
  • Jocalyn Clark mail,

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  • Philip Hadridge,
  • Hardi Madani,
  • Ana Marusic,
  • Gretchen Purcell,
  • Margaret Rhoads,
  • Karen Sliwa-Hähnle,
  • Richard Smith,
  • Tessa Tan-Torres Edejer,
  • Peter Tugwell,
  • Tim Underwood,
  • Robyn Ward on behalf of the International Campaign to Revitalise Academic Medicine
  • Published: July 05, 2005
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0020207

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Posted by plosmedicine on 30 Mar 2009 at 23:44 GMT

Author: Patrick McGrath
Position: Professor of Psychology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry
Institution: Dalhousie University, IWK Health Centre, Halifax, NS, Canada
Submitted Date: July 12, 2005
Published Date: July 13, 2005
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ICRAM has done an excellent service by provoking thought about the future of academic medicine by outlining five scenarios. However, all of the scenarios are seriously deficient because they do not incorporate in their vision other health disciplines and professions. Increasingly translational research and knowledge transfer depend on interdisciplinary teams. Good patient care requires team approaches. Academic medicine is realizing the value of collaboration and is opening itself to non medical disciplines, such as nursing, psychology, occupational therapy, and physiotherapy. In addition, disciplines such as health informatics are vital. Visioning the successful future of academic medicine requires collegial inclusion of other health and health related disciplines.

Competing interests declared: I declare that I have no competing interests