Education for Health disseminates work consistent with the mission of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH), a global consortium of health professions schools and individuals committed to improving education of the health workforce and focused on responsiveness to the needs of communities they serve.

Vol. 37 No. 1 (2024): Jan-Mar 2024 - Volume 37 - Issue 1

Several papers in this issue focus on social accountability – perceptions of education staff and students, use of storytelling to achieve deeper understanding, and implementation of new education tools.  A related paper addresses education about planetary health in low- and middle-income countries. In addition, we describe the new 2024-2027 TUFH Strategic Plan which highlights social accountability.

We go beyond social accountability with a pair of papers on influences on career pathways - one looking at high school students and the other at early medical students.   Another set of papers on education innovations addresses impact of active learning methods, reverse role simulation, and virtual shadowing.  Our practical advice paper offers lessons learned in development of mission and vision statements.

With 3 Commentaries, 6 Research papers, 1 Student Contribution, 1 Practical Advice Paper, 2 Brief Communications, and 2 Letters to the Editor, there is a lot to digest.    If you have comments on any of these papers, please send us your letters!

Published: 2024-05-22

The Way Forward for Integrated Health Sciences Degree Programs

Katie Pincura, Matt Lyons, Jeannie Newton-Riner, Charis Davidson, Wendasha Hall, Beth Woodard PhD


Perceived Effectiveness of a Surgical High School Outreach Program on Career Trajectory of Underserved High School Students

Arman Ghafari, Monica Gerges, Alexa Kassels, Aldo Arce, Neda Izadyar, Bruce Gao, Jaime Landman


Virtual Surgical Shadowing for Undergraduate Medical Students: A Pilot Program

Max J Solish, Bryan Abankwah, Aditi Kaura, Michael J. Weinberg


Pilot study to teach residents about EMS scope of practice through reverse role simulations

Sylvia Owusu-Ansah, Kyle A Schmucker, Ashley Keilman, Christine Aspiotes, Natan Cramer


Peer Research Mentoring for Medical Students in India

Devansh Lalwani, Archit Shirpurkar, Ishita Lanjewar, Praatik Parekh, Manav Agrawal, Kshitij Sonawale, Aadya Deshpande


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The Woods System of Care is a population health management organization that through its network of providers provides life cycle care to meet the lifelong needs of children and adults with intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injuries and/or mental health challenges who may also have complex medical and genetic conditions.  The Woods System of Care is a Collaborating Center of Excellence with The Network: Toward Unity for Health and manages The Mollie Woods Hare Global Center for Excellence with expertise in autism, intellectual and developmental health and mental health populations. The Woods System of Care is driven by the understanding that the root causes of health inequity are deep and complex and are attributed to differences in access to healthcare, income, education, race, segregation, and place. Barriers in access to quality, affordable care, along with the double burden of racism and poverty for people who have a disability result in a higher incidence of health disparities and significantly poorer health outcomes. A welcoming environment, highly trained and competent healthcare providers and an integrated care model addresses these disparities and improves health. 

FAIMER is a division of Intealth, an integrated organization that also includes the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Through strategic integration of its nonprofit divisions, Intealth brings together expertise and resources to advance quality in health care education worldwide to improve health care for all. As divisions of Intealth, FAIMER and ECFMG share a common vision and pursue complementary missions. FAIMER promotes excellence in international health professions education through programmatic and research activities. FAIMER has trained more than 2,000 Fellows worldwide in partnership with its Regional Institutes; has contributed to the national understanding of the international medical graduate workforce in the United States; and has partnered with many organizations to advance the quality of health professions education. FAIMER Project Reports: Innovations in Health Professions Education are structured reports completed by FAIMER Fellows at the end of the 2-year International FAIMER Institute or FAIMER Regional Institute Fellowship program, based on education innovation projects.