U.K. Health Policy Researcher to Speak April 9

Mike Saks will address the changing medical profession in Britain, the U.S.

Mike Saks

Mike Saks, a health policy researcher in the U.K., will discuss the changing medical profession in Britain and the United States at School of Public Policy seminar on April 9.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Mike Saks, a health policy researcher in the U.K., will discuss “Between the State and the Market: The Changing Medical Profession in Britain and the United States” at UC Riverside on April 9 at 12:30 p.m.

The event, part of the School of Public Policy Seminar Series, will be held in Humanities 1500. It is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested as seating is limited and may be made online or by calling (951) 827-5656. Parking permits may be obtained at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus.

The School of Public Policy seminar will examine medicine as a profession as it has developed both historically and in modern times in Great Britain and the United States. Saks contends that there are fundamental differences in socio-political philosophy that have shaped medical professional development in both nations, particularly with regard to the relative role and importance of the state and the market in forging health policy.

“The various shifts in the position of the medical profession, including most recently trends in restratification and deprofessionalization in the face of citizen lobbies, government policy and growing corporatization raise important questions about the future of professionalization in the Anglo-American context,” he says.

Saks is a research professor in health policy at University Campus Suffolk, England, and a visiting professor at the University of Lincoln in East Anglia, England, and the University of Toronto, Canada. He has served on National Health Service committees at all levels, from the changing health care workforce to research and development, and chaired the U.K. Human Tissue Bank and the Research Council for Complementary Medicine. He holds a doctorate in sociology from the London School of Economics.

The health policy scholar has published extensively on health, professions, regulation and research methods. Among his books are “Rethinking Professional Governance: International Directions in Health Care” (Policy Press, 2008), “Researching Health: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods” (Sage, 2013) and “The Professions, State and the Market: Medicine in Britain, the United States and Russia” (Routledge, forthcoming).

Internationally, he has engaged in large-scale funded research, from the changing attitudes of physicians with the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow to care in the community with the University of Toronto. In 2014 he advised the Canadian government federally and in the provinces/territories on scopes of health care practice as a recipient of the Best Brains Exchange Award from Health Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He is the current vice president of the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Professional Groups, with a membership drawn from some 30 countries, following a four-year term as president.

The seminar is co-sponsored by the UCR Department of Sociology, School of Public Policy, School of Medicine, One Health Center, and the Graduate School of Education.

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