‘Medical Education: Global Perspectives, Challenges and Future Directions’ is a sixteen chapter book organized into three sections. Part One contains seven chapters dealing with general issues of interest to many medical educators throughout the world including international aspects of medical education, and aspects of professionalism and providing support and encouragement to trainees via feedback and mentorship. Part Two is more specific and focuses on simulation, targeted content areas and different techniques to teach medical material. Finally, Part Three is rooted in the affective area of medical training and concerns itself with quality of life, spirituality, ethical responsibilities and finally the need to manage uncertainty as an omnipresent concept in medical care.
The authors come from eleven countries and five continents. Each chapter’s authoring team has worked diligently to construct a readable, informative collection of concepts and useful material that spans a wide range of issues in medical education and the chapters viewed as a whole seek to transcend our global boundaries. The book provides interested readers with a treasure trove of practical wisdom that is directly applicable to medical education. Since the setting in which the clinical phases of medical education occurs are actual clinical settings where patients receive care, the profession and the community-at-large have a vested interest in maintaining the highest standards for medical training and education while high quality health care is delivered to these patients in the training environment. Thus, the book has broad appeal and its practical wisdom will be of interest to medical educators, policy makers, education scholars and the lay public as well.