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WesternU’s Pumerantz Lectureship Focuses on Health Equity
Date:10/25/2013

Pomona, CA (PRWEB) October 25, 2013

Attaining equity in health care requires improved access to care, a more diverse health care workforce and more responsible citizens doing their part to address the protection and enhancement of their own health.

That was the message from Louis W. Sullivan, MD, keynote speaker for the fifth annual Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship at Western University of Health Sciences, held Oct. 24, 2013 in Pomona, Calif. The lectureship was established in 2009 in honor of WesternU President Philip Pumerantz, PhD, through a donation from Drs. Elaine and Daljit Sarkaria of Orange.

Sullivan is the former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He is President Emeritus of the Morehouse School of Medicine, and is chairman of the Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions.

“All of us are in a very drastic situation in our country right now,” Pumerantz said. “This country needs wisdom and compassion. With his background and his experiences, Secretary Sullivan is the perfect spokesman for compassion and wisdom.”

Sullivan began his talk, “The American Journey to Health Equity,” by giving a history of medical education in the U.S.

The report, “Medical Education in the United States and Canada,” released in 1910 by Abraham Flexner, evaluated every medical school in those two countries at the time. It was critical of many of the medical schools, resulting in several schools closing and others adopting curriculum and practices that continue today, including medical students studying two years of sciences basic to medicine such as anatomy and physiology, followed by two years of training in clinical sciences.

“We now can say without question in the U.S. that we have the strongest program for health professions training of any country in the world,” Sullivan said. “We have a strong scientific base for health professions educatio
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