AMEE 2010 symposium: medical student education in the twenty-first century - a new Flexnerian era?

Med Teach. 2011;33(7):541-6. doi: 10.3109/0142159X.2011.578178.


As we mark the 100th anniversary of the Flexner report which revolutionized the process of medical education, there is again concern that we face a critical need for change in the process of medical education in order to meet the needs of learners, teachers, and patients. In this symposium, panelists shared perspectives on medical education reform from throughout the world, including The Future of Medical Education in Canada, the role of regulators in contributing to reform, the evolution of accreditation standards, the current state of medical education in Southeast Asia, and the perspectives of a medical student on medical education reform. In the "Audience discussion" section, themes emerged surrounding medical education as a social good, the need for governmental support of medical education, the cost of medical education and the rise of for-profit medical schools, and embracing a broader view of health professional education. There remain remarkable parallels in calls for reform in medical education at the turn of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries but education which is patient-centered and actively involves the voices of our patients and our students is likely to be a hallmark.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Accreditation
  • Asia, Southeastern
  • Canada
  • Congresses as Topic*
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate* / economics
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate* / standards
  • History, 21st Century
  • North America
  • Societies*
  • Students, Medical / psychology