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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 217-230

A comprehensive framework for international medical programs: A 2017 consensus statement from the American College of Academic International Medicine

1 Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
2 Rutgers: Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, United States of America
3 Suny Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, United States of America
4 East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, United States of America
5 NYU Langone Health, New York, United States of America
6 St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America
7 Summa Health System, Akron, United States of America
8 University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville, United States of America
9 Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, NY, United States of America
10 University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, United States of America
11 Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, United States of America
12 Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD, United States of America
13 St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, PA, United States of America
14 Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, United States of America
15 University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, Toledo, OH, United States of America
16 Warren Hospital, St. Luke's University Health Network, Phillipsburg, NJ, United States of America
17 Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, United States of America
18 Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, United States of America
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Correspondence Address:
Stanislaw P Stawicki
St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem 18015, PA
United States of America
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJAM.IJAM_88_17

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The American College of Academic International Medicine (ACAIM) represents a group of clinicians who seek to promote clinical, educational, and scientific collaboration in the area of Academic International Medicine (AIM) to address health care disparities and improve patient care and outcomes globally. Significant health care delivery and quality gaps persist between high-income countries (HICs) and low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs). International Medical Programs (IMPs) are an important mechanism for addressing these inequalities. IMPs are international partnerships that primarily use education and training-based interventions to build sustainable clinical capacity. Within this overall context, a comprehensive framework for IMPs (CFIMPs) is needed to assist HICs and LMICs navigate the development of IMPs. The aim of this consensus statement is to highlight best practices and engage the global community in ACAIM's mission. Through this work, we highlight key aspects of IMPs including: (1) the structure; (2) core principles for successful and ethical development; (3) information technology; (4) medical education and training; (5) research and scientific investigation; and (6) program durability. The ultimate goal of current initiatives is to create a foundation upon which ACAIM and other organizations can begin to formalize a truly global network of clinical education/training and care delivery sites, with long-term sustainability as the primary pillar of international inter-institutional collaborations. The following core competencies are addressed in this article: Patient care, Medical knowledge, Professionalism, Interpersonal and communication skills, Practice-based learning and improvement, and Systems-based practice.

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