Doctor Shortages

How can we scale up education at a time of doctor shortages and how to widen opportunities for equity and a medical profession that reflects our society. These are some of the questions Professor Helen Cameron will seek to address in her inaugural lecture at Aston University on Tuesday 21 May. Physician supply refers to the number of train physicians working in a health care system or active in the labour market.

Graduates of medical schools

The supply depends primarily on the number of graduates of medical schools in a country or jurisdiction; but also on the number who continue to practice medicine; so as a career path and who remain in their country of origin. The number of physicians need in a given context depends on several different factors; hence including the demographics and epidemiology of the local population; so the numbers and types of other health care practitioners working in the system; so as well as the policies and goals in place of the health care system.
Currently, the standard model of medical education; so is closely base on that develop in Northern Europe 300 years ago. However the last 30 years have seen extensive change; so base on research, regulation and political imperatives.However methods of teaching and learning have change; but assessment more so. There has a drive to provide reliable assessments align to outcomes a challenging combination with demonstrable strengths and weaknesses.

Impact on two key problems

Such changes have had only a modest impact on two key problems. How to scale up education at a time of doctor shortages and how to widen opportunities for equity and a medical profession that reflects our society. How can a new medical school address these issues? Professor Helen Cameron is Dean of Medical Education at Aston Medical School.

They joins Aston from the University of Edinburgh Medical School; where she was Professor of Undergraduate Medical Education and Director of the Centre for Medical Education. Professor Cameron said: They was attract to Aston Medical School by the challenge of setting up new education programmes including a new MBChB within a new school.

They also admire the international vision, the aim of widening participation through the Sir Doug Ellis Healthcare Pathway and the excellent support the university offers its students from all backgrounds and cultures. The event will take place at 6pm on Tuesday 21 May in room G11 at Aston University. It is free for staff, students and members of the public to attend and includes a drinks reception and an opportunity to network after the lecture.