The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) together with the European Medical Students’ Association (EMSA) and professional and student organisations representing dentists and the veterinarians across Europe have called on academics and policymakers at national and European level to foster exchanges between medical, dental and veterinary schools under the One Health approach. The concept is a strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment.
The call to action coincided with a conference on the implementation of One Health in undergraduate education held in Paris, France last week where academics, practitioners and students exchanged views on the concept of One Health. The debate identified challenges and discussed best practices on how to facilitate interdisciplinary education for interdisciplinary collaboration.
In a statement, the professional and student organisations said they believed “the integrated education of all future health professionals is fundamental for tackling current and future health challenges for our society".
The groups also reiterated that they remain “committed partners for future actions to be undertaken towards the implementation of the One Health approach in education and practice".