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Medical Deans Social Accountability Coalition

Established in late 2012, the Medical Deans Social Accountability Coalition (MDSAC) is a working group within Medical Deans to consider Australian and New Zealand medical schools in light of the notion of social accountability.

Social accountability for medical schools has been defined as:

The obligation to direct their education, research and service activities towards addressing the priority health concerns of the community, region, and/or nation that 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.

With this in mind MDSAC is focused on considering the contemporary challenges Australian, New Zealand and other Pacific Island region medical schools face to produce the kind of doctors required by evolving health systems, and to respond to the critical health concerns of society.

The Medical Deans Social Accountability Coalition (MDSAC) is a working group established within Medical Deans to:

• Consider the contemporary challenges Australian, New Zealand and other Pacific Island region medical schools face in light of the notion of social accountability i.e. to produce the kind of doctors required by evolving health systems, and to respond to the critical health concerns of society
• Support Australian and New Zealand medical schools to adopt initiatives and principles which may contribute to the social accountability agenda
• Make formal comment at a policy level as well as at the media level
• Initiate a transnational Australia and New Zealand ongoing quality improvement process for medical schools utilising THEnet’s evaluation framework, as determined by each school
• Share with the coalition, and update when necessary, a brief outline of social accountability within their school which includes: a reflection on their and their school’s experience of social accountability; their school’s provision of leadership, student support policies and other relevant matters to the agenda; and a summary of some of the activities going on within the school

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