All together for health?
In the wake of the first world meeting of healthcare students, Emily Spry explains the importance of aiming for more interprofessional education and practice
In November 2005, 230 pharmacy, nursing, and medical students from 42 countries attended the first world meeting of healthcare students. The event in Malta was held by four organisations that represent pharmacy and medical students at the European and international level, and which for the first time have worked together on this scale. Known as the World Medical and Pharmacy Students' Joint Symposium (WorldMaPS), the meeting gave students a unique opportunity to break down barriers between the professions. They discussed, worked, and celebrated, as lectures and interactive sessions explored the idea of interprofessional education and practice and what this might mean for the future of health care around the world.
Strong professional identities are a long standing feature of the healthcare environment and those identities are laid down from the first days as students. Nurses, pharmacists, and doctors, to name just a few of those involved in patient care in