Health Professions Education: Complexity, Teaching, and Learning



Health professions education is about learning to care for and about fellow human beings and the environment we coinhabit. Health, as a resource for daily life and well being, emerges from a constellation of interdependent conditions embedded in webs of social, cultural, political, economic, and geographic events that influence access to food, water, shelter, employment, education, safety, peace, a stable ecosystem, sustainable resources, social justice, and equity [3]. Becoming a health professional is necessarily relational and dynamical. Relationships are about the quality of the exchanges we have, i.e., communication, and the extent to which they are adaptive for shared understanding, health, and well being [4]. Health professions in this chapter refer to all persons who have earned the privilege to care for those in need and to those who promote and optimize healthy lives and healthy families. How we think about and understand what we do as teachers and practitioners to help prepare future health professionals is guided by cultural and historical frameworks that evolve through periodic paradigm shifts [5–12].


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cell Biology and PhysiologyUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA
  2. 2.Educational Development and Research, School of MedicineUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA
  3. 3.Mennin Consulting & Associates, Inc. and Mennin Consultoria em Saude, Ltda.Sao PauloBrazil

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