The International Virtual Medical School: no science fiction
Frank Sullivan and Ronald Harden explain why the International Virtual Medical School could be an important contribution to the establishment of a global academic partnership
Aplace at medical school remains a privilege denied to many qualified candidates who could benefit from the opportunities it provides but fail to be admitted. Since there is also a shortage of doctors in many countries and a crisis in academic medicine, we need to look for more creative ways to unite the untapped pool of potential students with the educational technologies they require. The International Campaign to Revitalise Academic Medicine (ICRAM)1 has suggested a global academic partnership to revitalise academic medicine. This article describes one way forward: the International Virtual Medical School (IVIMEDS).2
What does IVIMEDS look like? The three elements of the title say it all.
The organisation is necessarily international to reflect the challenges and talents of the global community. Any medical school can cobble together a wide range of electronic resources for their students, but even the wealthiest cannot deliver a high quality integrated product for