Public Policy Center Receives World Medical Association Designation

Posted: October 30, 2009 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: October 29, 2009 at 3:45 pm

By Jocelyn Rappaport

The School of Public Policy (SPP) Center for the Study of International Medical Policies and Practices (CSIMPP) was recently designated by the World Medical Association (WMA) as one of its three cooperating centers.

The other two cooperating centers are the Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy at the University of North Florida and the Institute of Ethics and History of Medicine at the University of Tübingen, Germany.

CSIMPP received the recognition by making exceptional contributions to WMA’s goals.

“CSIMPP works closely with WMA to develop global medical policies in related areas of medical practice and disaster response,” says Arnauld Nicogossian, director of CSIMPP and SPP professor.

CSIMPP, together with the International Society of Microbial Resistance, assisted WMA in developing a policy addressing antibiotics stewardship. CSIMPP collaborated with WMA in collecting information from different national medical societies on educational needs and priorities. The following four focus areas were identified: antimicrobial drug resistance, pandemic influenza preparedness, continuity of medical operations following natural and human-made disasters and ethical allocation of scarce health and medical resources.

In accordance with a memorandum of agreement with WMA and the International Society of Microbial Resistance to develop courses for WMA physicians, a curriculum for a distance-learning course on antimicrobial drug resistance is undergoing peer review and is expected to be complete within the next month.

A second curriculum for a pandemic influenza preparedness course is in development and planned for release in early 2010. Participating physicians will receive a joint certificate of completion from SPP and WMA. CSIMPP and WMA will continue to expand academic collaborative programs to include the development of physician global networking.

Nicogossian and CSIMPP Associate Director Naoru Koizumi, both SPP professors, note that students have opportunities in class and through the work at the center to interact with WMA.

Together with WMA secretary general Otmar Kloiber and the Policy Studies Organization, CSIMPP is developing a new SPP World Medical and Health Policy Journal, which will be published by Berkeley Electronic Press. Six medical societies from developing nations will submit articles and receive the journal for free. Nicogossian believes this arrangement will expand the traditional role of the journal in the arena of research outreach and medical education.

“In addition to our ongoing research and classes, we are fortunate that Dr. Kloiber is actively participating with CSIMPP,” says Nicogossian.

Chartered in 1947, WMA is an independent, international organization consisting of 86 national medical societies representing more than eight million doctors from almost 100 countries worldwide. The association works to develop and implement the highest possible standards of ethical behavior and care by physicians. The association has published more than 100 policies and is involved in ethics, human rights, public health, health systems, advocacy and policy issues worldwide.

To learn more about CSIMPP, please visit its web site.

This article originally appeared in the October 2009 SPP Currents.

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