Summary: Having recently been at the heart of the attack in Paris, Professor Madalena Patricio reflects on the situation and asks if medical teachers are preparing future doctors to tackle global conflicts. Description: After a challenging Workshop in Grenoble - organized within the context of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a new independent community body set up to address Europe’s innovation gap and to become a key driver of EU sustainable growth and competitiveness - I took the TGV from Lyon to Paris.

Arriving at the Gare de Lyon, on my way to the Hotel I crossed Place de la Republique (where people is now paying respect to the victims) 20 minutes before the overwhelming terrible attacks that took place on Friday November 13th.

A few minutes after entering the Hotel I was stunned with the news. The dramatic images and statements made me wonder if we, medical teachers, are fulfilling our mission of preparing future doctors to cope with situations which go far beyond treating the patients. The global world where we now live with its conflicts, fanaticisms, intolerance and senseless violence calls for health professionals who are much more than well-equipped doctors in terms of knowledge and skills.

The words of Jenny Lunn already back in 2008 came to my mind with an added relevance: ‘for a global curriculum we need sound knowledge of global issues, skills to work in an international context and the values for a global citizen’. The question is if we, medical teachers, are investing in values and attitudes as we should be.

To this goal medical teachers must also invest in raising the ‘social accountability’ of medical schools which although already widely accepted as a conceptual ‘must’ is still far from being achieved.