A Paradigm Shift from International to Transnational Medical Education

Med Sci Educ. 2023 Jul 25;33(5):1227-1230. doi: 10.1007/s40670-023-01843-7. eCollection 2023 Oct.


In recent years, the number of medical students seeking international opportunities has grown. To satisfy these demands, collaborative international programs have been developed. However, the benefits of these programs are limited as they employ an international medical education (IME) approach where only the students are exchanged. In this commentary, we discuss the current models of IME and propose a paradigm shift to a transnational approach wherein the student, faculty, and curriculum are exchanged allowing for increased integration and awareness of cultural and educational approaches to treatment that can be retained and incorporated into future practice to advance healthcare across the globe.

Keywords: Globalization of medical education; International education exchange, International medical students, International medical graduates; Medical curricula; Medical education.

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  • Editorial