Ewha Med J.  2013 Mar;36(1):3-8. 10.12771/emj.2013.36.1.3.

Global Doctor's Role and Outcome-Based Medical Education

  • 1Department of Medical Education, Ewha Womans University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. jjhan@ewha.ac.kr


Since mid-20th century, many environmental changes in medicine have challenged the traditional role of doctors and the movement to outcome-based education (OBE) has progressed gradually but significantly. Over decades bilateral progression of defining the global doctor's role and developing OBE with implementation to medical schools has been spread world-widely. In this paper, we explored the history and contents of the doctor's role and OBE at various levels-international, national, institutional and medical schools. We conclude that the global doctor's role is composed of patient care, communication and professionals added by others related to their peculiar situation and should be linked to the outcomes of undergraduate, postgraduate and continuous medical education which are developed and implemented to the curriculum and program at any country in order to cope with the global challenges of the future.


Competency-based education; Physician's role

MeSH Terms

Competency-Based Education
Education, Medical
Patient Care
Physician's Role
Schools, Medical


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