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Seoul, Korea: Medical Education in East Asia, Past and Future

CMB Trustee Wendy O'Neill and David Rayner with guests from China, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, and Thailand at the 100th workshop dinner.
April 11, 2014 to April 12, 2014

At the second of four major celebratory events in 2014, the CMB celebrated its 100th anniversary by gathering together 70 distinguished colleagues for the workshop “Medical Education in East Asia: Past and Future” in Seoul, South Korea on April 11-12, 2014.

The Seoul workshop brought together CMB Trustees with professors, deans, and researchers from both current and former key partner medical universities and institutes—including schools of medicine, public health, and nursing—from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the US and UK.

Papers on the historical development of medical education in East Asian countries informed first day workshop interactive sessions of exchange. Panel discussions on the second day were focused on key issues of current disease burden patterns, challenges for health policy, and medical education.

Participants from different countries recognized similarities in their historical development and also shared current challenges. Particularly salient to the Asian region are issues of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), universal primary care service access, integration of traditional and western medicine, health professional education, healthy aging, and prevention and treatment for non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

CMB plans to publish a conference volume based on the workshop papers and exchanges that will be the first comparative institutional analysis of medical schools in East Asia in the 20th century. Looking to the future, the workshop stimulated cross-national exchange and evoked a shared desire for increased regional collaboration and networking in health.