Innovation, fitness to practise and medical education as a discipline were the themes of a recent colloquium
Medical education is currently under the spotlight both in Australia and internationally. It is, for example, influencing and being influenced by major global initiatives such as the International Campaign to Revitalise Academic Medicine (a collaboration of medical academics seeking to secure a vibrant future for academic medicine) and the recent Productivity Commission’s report on Australia’s health workforce, which highlighted the need for more responsive education and training.1,2 New medical schools are being established, with some seeking to develop innovative programs and access perceived niche markets.3 Some of these issues were debated at a conference in March 2005 hosted by the Committee of Deans of Australian Medical Schools.4
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