COVID-19 fosters social accountability in medical education

Rural Remote Health. 2022 May;22(2):6998. doi: 10.22605/RRH6998. Epub 2022 May 5.


The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted embedded inequities and fragmentation in our health systems. Traditionally, structural issues with health professional education perpetuate these. COVID-19 has highlighted inequities, but may also be a disruptor, allowing positive responses and system redesign. Examples from health professional schools in high and low- and middle-income countries illustrate pro-equity interventions of current relevance. We recommend that health professional schools and planners consider educational redesign to produce a health workforce well equipped to respond to pandemics and meet future need.

Keywords: COVID-19; medical education; primary health care; social accountability; social mission; community-based education.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Education, Medical*
  • Health Workforce
  • Humans
  • Pandemics
  • Social Responsibility