Nurturing Leadership for Health: Are Universities Stepping Up?

Victor Dzau and Lincoln Chen take questions from the audience

The Commission on the Education of Health Professionals for the 21st Century issued its report on a new generation of reforms a century after the landmark Flexner Report of 1910 on medical education. More than a decade after its release, the McGill University School of Population and Global Health convened a Forum entitled: Nurturing Leadership for Health: are universities stepping up? The objective of the Forum was to revisit the recommendations of the Commission in the context of an ongoing pandemic amidst other rapid global change and focus on the extent to which universities are nurturing leadership in health.

Over the course of an afternoon, 14 speakers representing a very diverse array of professional and geographic perspectives provided a rich set of reflections and recommendations. 

Image of the printed report on the event

PDF icon Read the Leadership Forum Synthesis with the speakers' remarks

Meet the speakers

Keynote speakers

Julio Frenk, President, University of Miami

Lincoln Chen, former President China Medical Board

Drs. Frenk and Chen served as co-chairs for the Commission on the Education of Health Professionals for the 21st Century


Agnes Binagwaho, Vice-Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda

Colleen M. Flood, University Research Chair & Director, Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics, University of Ottawa

Richard Masse, Conseiller médical stratégique, Cabinet du directeur national de santé publique et sous-ministre, Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec

Ariel Pablos- Mendez, Professor of Medicine, Columbia University and former Assistant Administrator for Global Health at USAID

Andrew Nevin, Partner and Chief Economist, PwC Nigeria

Francis Omaswa, Director, African Center for Global Health and Social Transformation Uganda

André Picard, Journalist and Columnist, The Globe and Mail

Srinath Reddy, President Public Health Foundation of India

Samir Shaheen-Hussain, Pediatric Emergency Physician and Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University

Gail Tomblin Murphy, Vice-President, Research, Innovation & Discovery and Chief Nurse Executive, Nova Scotia Health

Fatoumata Traore, President, Foundation for Health and Environment, Mali

Hiba Zafran, Assistant Professor, School of Physical & Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, McGill University


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