McKimm, J., McLean, M., Gibbs, T. & Pawlowicz, E.
Background: Global economic forces, political decisions, and natural disasters are only some of the factors that affect contemporary healthcare education. Given the centrality of health in all settings, the future of healthcare education depends on how we overcome these difficult circumstances.
Methods: Through a series of collaborative activities involving healthcare educators from around the world and their attempts to overcome these difficulties, the authors have developed a conceptual model centered around the people involved, the impact of culture, and organizations and systems.
Results: The model can help to frame discussions and develop strategies about how best we, as a community of health professionals and educators, collaborate and share wisdom, experiences and resources to assist colleagues who might be struggling to deliver education. What has clearly emerged from this work is the centrality of leadership and management in effectively challenging and addressing difficult circumstances.