A large force of health system- the medical students: have they been utilized adequately?

BMJ Elective: A new experience leading a newer perspective….The Patient-centered learning. By Vivek Podder Currently, undergraduate medical education is largely limited to the lectures or textbooks based teaching-learning approach rather than a patient-centered learning in various parts of the world. Lack of formal training for students in medical school as well as lack of future […]

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Cultural Competence in Global Health

By Nathan Douthit [I]n the…aim to produce cultural competence, one dimension to be avoided is… narrowly defining competence… in its traditional sense: an easily demonstrable mastery of a finite body of knowledge. Rather, cultural competence…is best described… as a commitment and active engagement in a lifelong process that individuals enter into on an ongoing basis […]

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15,000 Case Reports Published

We are pleased to announce BMJ Case Reports has now published over 15,000 cases online. BMJ Case Reports is an important educational resource offering a high volume of cases in all disciplines so that healthcare professionals, researchers and others can easily find clinically important information on common and rare conditions. Seema Biswas, Editor in Chief […]

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Use of Telemedicine to Deliver Global Medical Care

By Nathan Douthit Telemedicine is an important developing field for global health. Its use has been endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), Medecins Sans Frontieres and multiple other national health services and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). Telemedicine has multiple definitions, but the one endorsed by the WHO is: “The delivery of health care services, where […]

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Their Effect on Global Health

By Nathan Douthit According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is on the rise. The US National Institute of Health defines complementary medicine as non-mainstream, non-western practice used together with conventional medicine, whereas alternative medicine is defined as the same used instead of conventional medicine. The WHO […]

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Taking Care of Vulnerable Populations as Global Health – Case Reports on Refugees and Migrants

By Nathan Douthit According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, a refugee is someone who,” owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, […]

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What can Global Health Case Reports do for the “Neglected Stepchild of Global Health”?

By Nathan Douthit Access to safe, affordable surgery is an essential aspect of global health. Eight million people are killed or injured every year due to inadequate availability of surgical services. Five billion are at risk due to lack of access to these services. Despite investment in surgery providing a 10:1 benefit:cost ratio for developing […]

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