Medical Reform in Action: at the Autumn School on Medical Education the training of leading specialists was discussed

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The first three-day Autumn School on Medical Education 2019 opened on October 7, in Chernivtsi. More than 100 participants in addition to 25 guests and speakers from 7 countries of the world, including reformers, medical educators, managers of institutions of higher medical education and students became honored participants of the event.

The Autumn School was the first medical education event in Ukraine to be internationally accredited by the European Council for the Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) and is one of the major lifelong learning tools for physicians.

Given the changes in medical education which have been initiated by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, the Autumn School was necessary for intersectoral dialogue among key players in medical education. The event became a platform for sharing experiences and resolution for contemporary challenges among leading national and international experts, the most motivated educators, managers, and healthcare professionals.

During the three days, from October 7 to 9, Autumn School students learned the key principles and approaches to ensuring the quality of medical education. Participants are expected to analyze the creation of relevant and valuable student-centered educational programs and will seek to strike a balance between educational knowledge and skills. Through the fruitful cooperation of leading experts from Ukraine, Switzerland and other countries, we have been able to create a platform for exchange and capacity building in the field of medical education. School gave participants a unique opportunity to improve their professional skills in an updated context. For three days, participants participated in plenary sessions with general health education lectures, debates, and discuss health education workshops and conference sessions.

According to Zoriana Skaletska, Minister of Health of Ukraine, the Autumn School is a unique platform for building a serious professional medical community: “Education is an excellent starting point to rebuild a health care system. We need more events like the Autumn School on medical education, cause in such a way we form a community of change agents and leaders who brings knowledge further.”

“Switzerland has been involved in cooperation with Ukraine for over twenty years. Our common goal is to improve the health care system. There is a change in the system in Ukraine, today. It’s a long and difficult road. The Project “Medical Education Development” and the Autumn School are all about building a whole new level of knowledge for doctors and nurses.” — commented Nicolas Guigas, Deputy Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC.

Also, family doctors, heads of public and private medical institutions, experts, politicians, heads of non-governmental organizations are involved in the discussion on system changes.

“Today we are launching a large-scale platform for sharing experience and capacity-building in health education. We create a platform for innovators and reformers and promote health education and health care reform.” — said project leader of the Ukrainian-Swiss Project “Medical Education Development” Martin Raab.

“Quality medical education is of strategic importance for the state. We are ready to change and the Autumn School is one of the first steps.” — commented Taras Boichuk, MD, doctor of medical science, rector of Bukovinian State Medical University.

There were international honorable experts within the framework of the Autumn School, along with the leading Ukrainian specialists:

Janet Grant, Director of CenMEDIC (the Centre for Medical Education in Context) and the FAIMER Centre for Distance Learning in London, Professor
Nino Künzli, Professor, Deputy Director and Head of Department Education and Training, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel
Wim Groot, Professor of Health Economics at Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Nynke de Jong, Associate Professor, Health Services Research, School for Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Science, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
David Schmidt, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Business Ethics, and Director of the Center of Applied Ethics at University of Fairfield, USA.

The Autumn school is conducted by the Ukrainian-Swiss Project “Medical Education Development”, Bukovinian State Medical University and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), with the financial support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC, supported by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. Partners of the event: Maastricht University, World Federation for Medical Education, SAIUP.