Social Accountability

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The World Health Organization (WHO) definition

The WHO defines the Social Accountability of Medical Schools as: “the obligation to direct their education, research and service activities towards addressing the priority health concerns of the community, region, and/or nation they have a mandate to serve. The priority health concerns are to be identified jointly by governments, health care organizations, health professionals and the public.”

Faculty of Medicine Definition

We have operationalized the WHO definition of social accountability into a statement of action:

Social accountability is our responsibility to work collaboratively with others to advance the health and well-being of all the communities we serve.  We reflect social accountability through partnerships, leadership, education, research, clinical care, and everything else we do. (Updated March 22, 2019)