Has traditional medicine had its day? International Health Lecture 2022

The Academy of Medical Sciences & The Lancet International Health Lecture 2022 was presented by Professor Victor Dzau, President of the National Academy for Medicine in the United States. Here, the Academy's Vice President (International) Professor Tom Solomon reflects:

“This was a brilliant lecture, with a fabulous panel discussion afterwards, and some challenging questions from the audience. It is clear that traditional academic medicine has not “had its day”, but it does need to continue adapting if it is to remain relevant to the future health and welfare needs of society, locally, nationally and globally. We can expect the Academy of Medical Sciences to be at the forefront helping bring about some of the changes needed.”

Has traditional academic medicine had its day?  

Rapid advances in science and technology, increased pressure on health systems and stresses in working environments, the rise of infectious disease crises and other health threats, such as COVID-19 and climate change are challenging the traditional model of academic medicine. In this lecture, Professor Dzau discussed the threats to academic medicine in a rapidly changing environment and examined how new approaches will be necessary for its future.

Professor Dzau was joined by a global expert panel who gave short talks:

  • Professor Rakhi Dandona, Professor, Public Health Foundation of India; Professor of Health Metrics Sciences, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), University of Washington
  • Professor Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases, and Former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya
  • Professor Iain Buchan, Chair in Public Health and Clinical Informatics, and Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Innovation, University of Liverpool

The Lecture was attended by almost 100 people in person, with 900 registered attendees online.

Read more from Professor Victor Dzau in this article in The Lancet.

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