Demand-side medical education: educating future physicians for Ontario.
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Initiated by Associated Medical Services (AMS), Educating Future Physicians for Ontario is a 5-year collaborative project whose overall goal is to make medical education in Ontario more responsive to that province's evolving health needs. It is supported by AMS, the five universities with medical schools or academic health sciences centres and the Ontario Ministry of Health. The project's five objectives are to (a) define the health needs and expectations of the public as they relate to the training of physicians, (b) prepare the educators of future physicians, (c) assess medical students' competencies, (d) support related curricular innovations and (e) develop ongoing leadership in medical education. There are several distinctive features: a focus on "demand-side" considerations in the design of curricula, collaboration within a geopolitical jurisdiction (Ontario), implementation rather than recommendation, a systematic project-evaluation plan and agreement as to defined project outcomes, in particular the development of institutional mechanisms of curriculum renewal as health needs and expectations evolve.
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