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A Declaration containing the guidelines for planning in the field of medical education in the next 2 to 3 decades will be undersigned in Padua, Italy: it will be produced in the light of the new roles medical doctors will be asked to undertake in the future social, political and healthcare context.

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A Declaration containing the guidelines for planning in the field of medical education in the next two to three decades will be undersigned in Padua, Italy: it will be produced in the light of the new roles medical doctors will be asked to undertake in the future social, political and healthcare context. The Declaration will be presented to national and international institutions and will envisage the new tasks Medical Schools will have to undertake in the education of medical students.

Discussion on these issues will be led by leading figures in the worlds of academia, politics and public health, at the Association of Medical Schools in Europe Annual Conference 2012 “The future role of the Medical School. What will Medical Schools be like in 2050?”. The conference, organized by the Association of Medical Schools in Europe (AMSE) in collaboration with the University of Padova and its Medical School, will be held in Padova, Italy, on June 7-9, 2012.

If in 1950 there were about 500 medical schools in the world, in 2010 we can count more than 2000 – says David Gordon, president of the Association of Medical Schools in Europe and scientific coordinator of the conference with Giorgio Palù, Director of the Department of Molecular Medicine of the University of Padova, and Maurizio Scarpa, professor of general and specialistic pediatrics in the same University – Some countries have too few medical schools to create the number of the medical doctors that are needed; some rich countries may have more medical schools than they really need. For these reasons it is now necessary to stop, and to reflect on the tasks medical doctors will be required to do in the future. During the conference, there will be discussion about the changes in the economy, demography and health systems in the next 40 years. From these perspectives the role of the medical doctor of the future will be examined, and consequently the educational duties of Universities in Europe and in the world.

On Thursday, June 7, at 14.00 in Palazzo della Ragione, Padova, Giuseppe Zaccaria, Rector of the University of Padova, Renato Balduzzi, Italian Minister for Health, and Francesco Profumo, Minister of Education, University and Research, will bring their welcome. David Gordon, Giorgio Palù and Maurizio Scarpa will open the meeting. The first session will be entitled “How the world will change before 2050: the environment for the Medical School”. Speakers include, among others, Dorjan Marušič, former Minister of Health in Slovenia. On Friday, June 8, from 9.00 at the University Polyclinic, via Giustiniani 2, Padova, the two sesions entitled “Setting the scene: what will Medical Schools be asked to do?” and “What will Medical School have to deliver: education in its social and political context” will follow. Among the speakers are Erio Ziglio, director of the European Office for Investment for Health and Development of the World Health Organization, Stefan Lindgren, President of the World Federation for Medical Education, and Margot Weggemans, of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations.

On Saturday, June 9 from 9.00 still in the University Polyclinic, the session “The Medical School of the future: in Europe and in the World” will close the meeting.

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