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“Get vaccinated because you will die, and you will not be able to read our books,” the Volyn Regional Library for Youth wrote on its Twitter. Isn’t it an excellent cross-sectoral approach to immunizing the population? So we also thought about which format of the Project will be the most effective in communicating topics related to medical education. In the process of generating ideas, a marathon of medical education appeared. This is a unique event, as society’s attitude towards medical education may be narrowed. We do not often hear discussions about the development of medical education in Ukraine. This is not often covered in the media. However, this Wednesday, we shed some light on this important topic because education is primarily about the world-view. (c) Mykhailo Wynnytskyi.

We are glad that our first-panel discussion of the marathon “Medical education in the public’s eye” helped build a dialogue. We set ourselves a very immodest task — to understand whether society is interested in medical education, what quality it should be, and how to make it more attractive. We focused on hearing a slice of different visions about the development of medical education, directing these visions to the right vector, and paving the way for them. Unplanned topics that arose in the discussion were also discussed, including burnout of doctors, humanity and empathy in the work of medical staff with patients. The request is available, and we will continue to work with complex topics covered during the following sessions.

Bohdan Logvynenko, journalist, writer, author of the multimedia project Ukrainer, commented: “A few days ago, the Volyn Regional Library for Youth wrote a very popular tweet on its Twitter: “Get vaccinated because you will die, and you will not be able to read our books.” It seems to me that this is a clear example of the cross-sectoral cooperation we are talking about here. When I hear about a closed medical system, I’m not talking about access to certificates or anything, but I don’t know how to help this system or how to join. In particular, in education, it seems that we should talk about broader cooperation and cross-sectoral collaboration.”

Inna Sovsun, a Ukrainian stateswoman and public figure, MP, Vice President of the Kyiv School of Economics in 2016-2018, former Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine, commented: “One of the reasons we are so little interested in the problems of medical education is that we have different medical universities. It leads to the fact that people who have not studied in medical HEIs can not imagine what processes there, what education is, and the atmosphere. And those who study medicine get into the system and are very rarely able to go beyond it and look away from their experience of education and growth within this profession,” said Inna Sovsun.

Olesya Ostrovska-Lyuta, director of the Art Arsenal, said: “Let me remind you when the idea of ​​mass medicine appeared in Western Europe. It is the beginning of the 20th century, especially after the ‘Spanish’ influenza pandemic. At that time it became clear that individual strategies of survival, treatment, and life, in general, are impossible. We need a more centralized system. Whence the sources of the state of public welfare. Medicine is part of this, as is education. And this talks about the two most important systems that exist in any society: education and medicine; this is what concerns everyone.”

On the part of the Project, we are happy to see that the projects and initiatives that we implement, together with many specialists, contribute to changing the world-view. And the professional and educational environment has a better understanding of what medical education should be. Thank you for watching this live broadcast with us. You can view other issues of the medical education marathon at this link →