Over the last few decades, European courses in which'classical'tropical medicine (i.e. parasitology, entomology and clinical aspects of tropical diseases) is taught have largely become anachronisms.
Most countries in the tropics have their own medical schools and few have much need of expatriate doctors.
There do, however, appear to be other ways in which Europeans may still help improve health in the tropics.
One is to control the quality of the expatriate nurses who are still in demand in the tropics (often as cheaper, generally less demanding substitutes for doctors).
This may be achieved by only training the best, insisting they spend some time after graduation gaining maturity before they leave for the tropics, ensuring they realise that their clinical skills will probably be inferior to their local counterparts in the tropics, and encouraging them to continue studying once abroad.
The second way Europeans may help is to change the bias of their courses from teaching to training.
There seems little doubt that the intellectual personalities of the brightest young men and women in the tropics often develop far better when they spend a period in a foreign environment, especially when they are allowed to function within a team, with trainees and trainers from other countries.
Some'international'courses may offer such benefits, especially if closely tailored to the needs of the trainees and their home countries.
Mots-clés Pascal : Enseignement, Médecine tropicale, Besoin, Article synthèse
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Teaching, Tropical medicine, Need, Review
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Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 24/03/1998.