Broadening health policy education in medical school
Ahmed Nur, Aqib Chaudry, Amar Sodha
Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, London, UK
We read with great interest the article by Malik et al1 exploring medical student
participation in health policy roles. As medical students who recently completed an
intercalated degree in healthcare management at Imperial College London, we spent a
large proportion of our time learning about health policy. Thus, we can offer a unique
perspective on this issue.
We firstly commend the authors for identifying factors that act as barriers to medical student involvement in health policy roles. Noteworthy barriers impacting student involvement included: a lack of knowledge regarding health policy, an unawareness of opportunities available, and a lack of time. It was found that 43% identified lack of time as a barrier to their involvement in health policy.1 Bicket et al similarly found that time commitments and opportunity costs were the main drawbacks for students not pursuing their interests in leadership roles in medical school.2
View the original paper by Malik and colleagues.
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