Imagine a third-world country with a lack of doctors. They should start to treat patients as soon as possible even if they did not take full courses in biochemistry, histology, anatomy, biostatistics, etc.
So what would you give them to study in pediatrics, internal medicine, gastroenterology, emergence medicine, endocrine, etc.
In Canada, physician assistants are academically prepared as medical generalists. They are accelerated medically educated clinicians. Their practice of medicine includes diagnoses, performing physical exams, prescribing medications, and educating and counselling patients.
PAs become generalist medical practitioners in 25 months only (i.e. two years).
So what would you recommend for a similar program in a third world country with a lack of of medical practitioners? What are some of good textbooks that cover 70% or 80% of the essential medical knowledge?