The why, where, and how of global health teaching
Medical students the world over are getting more involved in global issues. The demand for teaching is there, but will medical schools respond?
Global events seem to be impinging more and more on our daily lives. Terrorism, war in far off places, economic crashes causing stock market jitters—it is not a happy list. Many commentators argued that the events of 11 September gave a wake up call to the developed world, and the United States in particular, that there was a world “out there” full of poverty, injustice, and violence, which we couldnt divorce ourselves from. We needed to educate ourselves about the rest of world and particularly what was happening in poor countries.
We certainly do. But among medical students at least this process was already happening well before the events of 9/11—and it wasnt just because we need to understand why billions live on the margins of destitution. Many students simply wanted to know more about the fascinating range of cultures and societies that exist in the world around them, with