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GUEST EDITORIAL
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 162-164

Relevance of the flexner report for medical education in India


1 Emeritus Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London; Formerly, President and Dean, Royal College of Psychiatrists; President, World Psychiatric Association, London, UK
2 Honorary Research Worker, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Foggia, Italy
3 Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Dr RN Cooper Hospital Mumbai, India

Correspondence Address:
Dinesh Bhugra
Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. PO25, HSPRD,DeCrespigny Park,London SE5 8AF
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Medicine is one of the oldest professions and has certain professional imperatives and rules. Training of medical professionals is prolonged and often intense and also expensive. It is strongly influenced by cultural values and context and social needs. Over one hundred years ago Abe Flexner reviewed the medical school training in the USA and made some clear recommendations. We believe that some of these observations have a key role to play in medical education at the present time in India. In this brief editorial we raise some of the pertinent factors.


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