Last week we observed World TB Day with the theme "Unite to End TB." HIV/AIDS and TB researchers, scientists and advocates once came together to solve the riddles of co-infection. As a global health community, we now have another opportunity to unite around global goals to build better health systems and eliminate the most dangerous infectious diseases of our time.
We take pause today to celebrate the end of this outbreak and the progress that has been made. However, another celebration will be had in a decade's time, when the vestige of this ordeal is an expansive health system that is resilient enough to address threats to the country's health in an expedient and effective manner.
In a perspective piece recently published in Academic Medicine, my coauthors and I argue that our nation's leading AHCs, and the federal programs that support them, must make fundamental changes -- both in how they provide care and how they train the next generation of health care professionals -- to provide the kind of leadership our health care system needs now.