Interface between university and medical school: the way ahead?
Graeme R D Catto
In the midst of the very public debate on health, the interface between university and medical school remains largely hidden. It is, however, an important influence not only on academic activity and resources but increasingly on commercial interests. The changing roles and responsibilities of medical schools affect many aspects of health, education, and regional development. The ways in which medical schools respond to different challenges should be understood if there is to be agreement on the opportunities and threats facing modern medical education.
We all know what they are, but a succinct definition is now elusive. Of course, a medical school educates undergraduate medical students, but that role is decreasing as medical education moves with patients to the community and primary care. Indeed, colleagues in the NHS now undertake at least 70% of the clinical teaching and increasingly participate in planning the curriculum and assessment. Given the considerable diversity of