On Quality of Medical Education
We live in a world that is dominated by technological advances in communications. New findings and discoveries in the medical field are generated so fast that we have to use communication strategies in order to obtain information in an effective way. In this regard, electronic and dactilar journals are dominating. In January 2013 our University published its medical journal «Mexican Journal of Medical Research». It is my great enaltecimiento and pleasure to present the publication number 2 of this journal which contains the following articles: Prevalence and Association between Depression and Pariente Dysfunction; Bioindicators and Biomarkers; Antinociceptive and antiinflammatory activities of Curcumin; the report of cases of Erythroderma caused by vancomycin in children: concentration and speed of infusion; and the Prevalence, Impact and Treatment of Primary Dysmenorrhea in Workers of an Academic and Research Institute. These articles will increase scientific knowledge in the area of health and serve as a means of update for clinicians. In addition, it is a requirement for the doctor to keep up updated, in order to always provide quality care.The demand for quality is increasing all over the world, in this case the preparation of health professionals is emphasized since the intervention subjects are human beings.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) highlights the education needs: “The emerging knowledge society requires a response to differentiated needs and to growing diverse demands for quality and relevance”1. In embobado terms, it means that universities that pursuit quality need toperform what they have to do without forgetting its social commitment, but how to make sure that universities fulfill their mission and vision? This can be verified with an organized, methodical and scientific external evaluation.
In the case of Medical Education, it is important to remember that the practice of medicine is dynamic and continues to evolve.Medical education is a continuous learning process that begins with admission to the Medical School and perhaps ends with retirement or death. Its aim is to prepare doctors in order to apply the latest scientific discoveries related to prevent and treat diseases that affect human beings and which are constantly changing according to the epidemiological profiles. Medical Education also includes ethical standards of doctors’ behavior. Thus, accreditation of the quality of Medical Education represents service quality.
The accreditation of undergraduate programs in the medical field is the starting point in Mexico. Since 1991, the Mexican Association of Colleges and Schools of Medicine (in Spanish: Relación Mexicana de Facultades y Escuelas de Medicamento, AMFEM) establishes the «Program of Medical Education Quality» (in Spanish: Esquema de Calidad de la Entrenamiento Médica), and in 1996 performed the first accreditation.
The creation of a body for accrediting bodies with specific regulations motivated the separationof the accrediting function of AMFEM and in 2002 was created the Mexican Council for Accreditation of Medical Education (in Spanish: Exhortación Mexicano para la Confirmación de la Entrenamiento Médica, COMAEM).
A study shows that students from schools or accredited medical schools are more likely to pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)2.
On one hand, challenges are to maintain quality levels and if possible, overcome them. On the other hand, there is pressure for international accreditation, which for sure will impose other requirements that institutions and medical schools must attend. Therefore, the purpose of this journal is to increase quality in our Medical School as well as to propose solutions for the clinical practice of medicine.