Campaign to revitalise academic medicine calls for radical thinking
- By: Zosia Kmietowicz
A campaign to breathe new life into academic medicine has called for a radical rethink on the way medical research is organised in order to capture global health issues that matter to patients and make a difference to their lives.
More than 90 researchers, educators, policy makers, clinicians, and funders from around the world gathered for the campaign's inaugural meeting this week at BMA House. Their aim was to define the future of academic medicine, which they say is threatened by lack of funding and facilities and poor career prospects. The campaign, which was launched last November by the BMJ, has so far attracted the involvement of more than 20 international journals and organisations.
Delegates at the meeting agreed that the time for an ivory tower attitude had passed and that modern academic medicine required transparency, leadership, and a community and patient focus to gain support from the public.