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Social Accountability

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Social Accountability

The World Health Organization (WHO) has defined the Social Accountability of Medical Schools as “the obligation to direct their education, research and service activities towards addressing the priority health concerns of the community, region, and/or nation they have a mandate to serve. The priority health concerns are to be identified jointly by governments, health care organizations, health professionals, and the public.”

Canadian Medical schools have an important role to play to ensure that the highly valued Canadian health care system continues to provide the necessary access and quality to meet the needs of the population.

The following outlines a set of principles by which Canadian medical schools should function. These principles will allow medical schools to identify where they stand with respect to responding to the needs of society and to continuously strive to ensure that they are doing so.

Visit FMEC-AEMC.CA to access the archived project resources on the Future of Medical Education in Canada (FMEC).
Equity and Diversity Audit Tool for Canadian Medical Schools

In achieving excellence in higher education, faculties of medicine need to ensure a fair, respectful, equitable and inclusive working and learning environment. Accreditation of educational programs requires a demonstration of commitment and results in these areas. Achieving measurable success in equity and diversity also supports AFMC's agenda for socially responsible and accountable education and delivery of health care.

This audit tool has been developed by the AFMC Equity, Diversity and Gender Network, a resource group of the AFMC to assist medical schools, and their departments or divisions (“unit”) to better understand working environments and climate, and to plan for needed adjustments.

Equity and Diversity Audit Tool