Social accountability: “The obligation [of medical schools] 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” ─ (World Health Organization 1995)
Social accountability is a foundational principle for DFCM. The term was paired with global health in recognition of the central role social and structural determinants play in shaping health, and the need to address these determinants to help achieve equity and improve the health of marginalized people and communities in Canada and abroad.
In practice, this means using an equity and anti-oppression lens to systematically reflect on our work in education, research, clinical care, quality and innovation, advocacy and leadership, and thinking deeply about how our individual actions and structural changes can support the best care for marginalized people.
DFCM is examining our practices and structures to build a culture of deep and meaningful commitment to social accountability.