World Medical Association

#World Medical Association launches new #education platform

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  • Noticias Médicas Univadis

The World Medical Association (WMA) has launched a new education platform, which it hopes will help accelerate learning for physicians.

The Association has entered into a strategic partnership with the World Continuing Education Alliance (WCEA) to create what is being described as a “central hub of knowledge for physicians to access and stay up to date with the latest thinking and advances from around the world”. Thousands of courses have been uploaded to the platform, with plans to expand the course library further.

Every WMA member association is to be offered ‘Learning Management Systems’ through which to access the courses. Many of the educators have agreed to allow their courses to be distributed to physicians in emerging nations for free or at reduced prices, which the WMA says will help to bridge the gap between high- and low-resource countries.

“With an umbrella membership of more than 10 million physicians, the WMA seeks to influence medical ethics, human rights and equal access to medical education around the world,” commented Dr. Otmar Kloiber, WMA Secretary-General. “Online education provides a unique opportunity to connect the top educators with physicians improving knowledge and healthcare regardless of geographical location.”

#World Medical Association questions evidence for #medicinal cannabis

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Experts from around the world have argued that more rigorous research is necessary before governments decide whether or not to legalise cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Delegates attending the World Medical Association’s General Assembly this month discussed the use of cannabis for medicinal use and research, as well as recreationally.

They said evidence supporting the use of medical cannabis is “inconsistent and of low to moderate quality” and that in countries where cannabis has been legalised for medicinal purposes, the regulations are necessary.

Laws governing research grade cannabis should be reviewed, they said, to allow more scientific research on the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Delegates from more than 50 national medical associations who attended the assembly also voiced strong opposition to legislation to allow the recreational use of cannabis because “of its serious adverse health effects”. The growing availability of cannabis or its forms in foodstuffs requires “intensive vigilance and policing”, a new policy statement from the World Medical Association (WMA) said.

WMA President Dr Yoshitake Yukokura added: “National medical associations should support strategies to prevent and reduce the use of recreational cannabis. It is also important that effective control measures are put in place to prevent illicit use of medical cannabis.”

World Medical Association to tackle widespread harassment in the medical workplace

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The WMA Council will present a new policy document on the issue to the October meeting of the General Assembly.

The World Medical Association is to take steps to address bullying in the medical workplace.

It comes after almost 200 delegates attending the Council’s annual meeting in Zambia last week heard there is “good evidence that disruptive and inappropriate behaviour and harassment were widespread in the medical workplace”, and occur across all specialties and at all levels of seniority.

Further evidence of such endemic bullying is documented in the medical literature, with one recent study published in theJournal of Women’s Health reporting 10 per cent of primary care doctors acknowledged bullying someone in the workplace, while 30 per cent had been personally bullied in the workplace. Compared to men, female primary care doctors were more likely to report being bullied overall and, specifically, to experience having their opinions ignored, lack of recognition for good work, feeling pressured not to claim rightful benefits, and being given unmanageable workload.
A proposed statement on bullying and harassment in the medical profession was brought before the Council by the New Zealand Medical Association. The Council has now agreed to prepare a new policy document on the issue which will be presented to the General Assembly for adoption in October.